Jean Castex at the bedside of Guyana in the middle of the Covid-19 epidemic

Prime Minister Jean Castex arrived in Guyana on Sunday for a trip dedicated to the fight against Covid-19. Hospitals are already under tension, while the peak of the epidemic in this French territory in South America is expected in the second half of July.

To assure the people of Guyana of “full mobilization of the state” against the galloped epidemic of Covid-19, is the mission of the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, who arrived on Sunday 12 July in this French territory in South America whose hospitals are heavily loaded.

“The epidemiological situation seems to be improving,” Jean Castex, a protective mask on his face, said in a speech on arrival. “This is not a coincidence […]”The mobilization of the state and all public services is not related to this development,” the Prime Minister added.

Together with Foreign Minister Sébastien Lecornu and Health Minister Olivier Véran, Jean castex landed at the Matoury air base, AFP stated. The medical resuscitation module for operations was presented to them aboard an Airbus A400M military transport aircraft.

He will travel to Cayenne to the interdepartmental crisis center that has just been installed, under the orders of the crisis director, Patrice Latron, who arrived from Paris on Thursday. He must also meet with hospitals and selected staff. Then he goes to Cayenne Hospital and the Pasteur Institute.

Guyana, still under a health crime like Mayotte, had 5,949 cases of confirmed Covid-19 on Saturday – including 130 hospitalizations and 23 resuscitation patients – and 26 deaths. The peak of the epidemic is expected in the second half of July.

The head of government intends to highlight that “the Republic is united and united and that it in no way abandons Guyana,” he explained in an interview with the France-Guyane newspaper.

“I’m coming […]with the intention of preparing France for a possible second wave [mais] to preserve economic life, social life, Jean Castex warned on Wednesday.

Proximity to Brazil

The epidemic has increased sharply in Guyana since the end, while the territory had been relatively spared when the metropolis faced the complete expansion of the virus. Guyana was confined to stage 1 of the epidemic on March 16 and counted less than 10 cases.

But since May, especially because of Guyana’s proximity to neighboring Brazil, which has been hit hard, the virus has damaged the already fragile health system. The three hospitals in the area – Cayenne, Kourou and West Guyanese hospitals in Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni – already mobilized for patients who are victims of leptospirosis or dengue fever, began the weekend their last white plans.

Former Foreign Minister Annick Girardin, who arrived at the end of June with health enhancements, had launched a call for national solidarity to bring in more carers and estimated that a total of 300 additional reinforcements were needed to enable increasing the number of intensive beds, very low ( about thirty in Cayenne at present).

More than a hundred members of the health care reserve are already in place and on Friday, 22 soldiers from the army health care and medical equipment arrived to support the Center hospitalier de l’Ouest guyanais (CHOG) in Saint Laurent du Maroni.

A civil defense field hospital has also been set up at Cayenne Hospital Center to receive “non-covid” patients.

Evacuations of health

Population and elected officials regularly demand the arrival of the military field hospital, which was already mobilized in both Mulhouse and Mayotte during the crisis and which has resuscitation beds. Impossible according to the Minister of Health, as it is a structure “that takes a long time to be dismantled, transported and reassembled”.

Several medical evacuations of patients have been carried out to Guadeloupe and Martinique, but the lack of places in West Indian hospitals is starting to feel, says Clara de Bort, Director of Regional Health Agency (ARS).

To limit the epidemic, targeted reconstruction measures have been introduced in certain districts or certain municipalities and a curfew applies.

The Prime Minister is especially expected by the Mayouri Santé Guyane collective, which consists of the main militant and political forces behind the major social movement of 2017, which calls for further action and resources against the epidemic, and in particular a larger number of tests.

“There are structural difficulties that I intend to address,” for example, “Guyana’s access to public services and health care or to the local economy’s ability to create jobs and prospects,” said tenant Matignon in France-Guyana.

With AFP