Haiti – 3rd wave : Haiti will modify its Covid-19 treatment protocols
Since the start of the 3rd wave of Covid-19 and its variants last May, the Ministry of Health has recorded a significant daily increase in infected people and deaths for a total of 3,339 cases and 93 deaths recorded as of the 10 June (latest data available) https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-33978-haiti-flash-towards-a-renewal-of-the-state-of-emergency.html
Dr William Pape Co-president of the Multisectoral Commission for the Management of Covid in Haiti, member of the Scientific Council of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Director of the Gheskio Centers, indicated that the new variants identified in Haiti, “Alpha” and “Gamma” are linked to the increase in cases due to their greater contagiousness and virulence, in particular the Gamma variant from Brazil.
While the perception of risk is still low among the population in Haiti, who refuse to wear masks or respect physical distancing, despite information and awareness campaigns in all media and in the field,
“Considering the deterioration of the situation, we think it is important to adapt the care,” said Dr. Pape, highlighting among the main changes the introduction of a continuous positive pressure ventilation machine (CPAP). ), which allow oxygenation of the lungs without the need to intubate the patient, emphasizing “It has been observed that as soon as a person reaches the intubation phase, the risk of mortality is higher”. He advocates rapid distribution of these devices in facilities that treat patients with Covid-19.
He also mentioned in the treatments in addition to the drugs already used the integration of monoclonal antibodies to limit the side effects “As these molecules are not available in Haiti, we are in the process of seeing with the international health authorities all the parameters. before ordering them.”