In Suriname, the hospital has been working hard to provide oxygen to avid patients.According to the website Star news This situation is very serious, and doctors have to decide which patients should receive oxygen and which patients should not receive oxygen.
Last week, the health service department of Suriname had already revealed the black code because of the large number of people in the hospital. An emergency agreement was made yesterday. This determines who is eligible to receive the necessary treatment.
Routine patients can only go to the hospital in emergency and semi-emergency situations. General practitioners have been instructed to refer only emergency cases.
It was also decided this week to prepare a showroom in Paramaribo to receive rabies patients. But due to hypoxia, treatment has not yet started.
The oxygen shortage was caused by an accident on a ship carrying oxygen to Suriname. The ship was banned from sailing after a collision at a shipyard in Paramaribo two weeks ago. The ship was allowed to leave on May 18, but has not returned since then, probably due to insurance issues. As a result, two batches of oxygen from Trinidad and Tobago were not delivered.
Suriname has sought help from neighboring French Guiana. The goal is that French Guiana will deliver the first batch of oxygen on Sunday, and the oxygen shortage will continue next week.
The chairman of the Suriname National Hospital Council said: “Before that, doctors were faced with difficult choices.”
The number of infections in Suriname has been rising rapidly in recent weeks, from about 70 cases a day a month ago to an average of 187 cases a day last week.
Earlier this month, the emergency bell rang because Suriname was struggling with shortages of health personnel and vaccines. The number of vaccines is scarce, which means that the population’s vaccination has just begun.
The Netherlands promised to deliver 700,000 vaccines two weeks ago, which may also help vaccine management. But those vaccines have not yet arrived. Suriname has fewer than 600,000 residents. The problem is that many Surinamese people do not want to be vaccinated.