All indicators of the epidemic have been green for more than a month.
All but not everywhere.
In Guyana, the situation remains "very worrying", Public Health France alerted on Friday.
To the point that the Minister of Overseas France went there.
Sébastien Lecornu notably went this Saturday to meet the staff of the Cayenne hospital to "teach vaccination".
“She is not there to heal but to protect herself from the next waves. The epidemic is an epidemic of the unvaccinated. Where the vaccination rate is low, the virus circulates. Everyone must show solidarity, ”he insisted. In one week, "21 Guyanese have succumbed to Covid-19, a figure never reached," said the Regional Health Agency on Friday in its daily bulletin. In all, more than 250 coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded in Guyana, a quarter of which in the past 45 days.
Wednesday, while the number of hospitalizations reached the level of the peak of the 3rd wave, the directions and heads of service of the three hospitals in the region warned about the risk of "sorting of patients". A saturation of services attributed to the poor vaccination coverage of this territory of 300,000 inhabitants, where one in two people is under 25 years old. Barely a third of eligible Guyanese received both doses compared to 83% for the whole of France. This is the lowest rate in the whole country, along with Guadeloupe. "30% of the adult population is certain not to be vaccinated," notes the latest study by the Institut Pasteur. In question, the “lack of confidence towards the local authorities” and in “the vaccine”, as well as a feeling of “protection” acquired during the preceding peaks.
Flexibility in the application of the vaccination obligation for caregivers
Even in health facilities, where staff have been subject to compulsory vaccination for ten days, rates are low.
At the Cayenne hospital center, only 52.4% of staff received at least one dose (96.1% for doctors and interns, 52% for nurses, 40% for nursing assistants, 23% for other categories).
Which should result in the end of the contract.
Only here: "I do not see how we could compensate for a wave of suspension (of such magnitude)", warned Friday Guy Frédéric, an activist of the local Walwari party co-founded by Christiane Taubira. President of an association advocating the right to health for all but opposed to the vaccination obligation, the person concerned disturbed with demonstrators a vaccination point organized by the Red Cross, Monday near a squat area, in the outskirts of Cayenne.
In response to these remarks, the Minister of Overseas Territories promised flexibility in the application of the vaccination obligation.
“The management of the overseas crisis has always been differentiated.
The health pass will be adapted in Guyana and the vaccination obligation for caregivers will be applied with discernment.
The priority is the fight against this wave.
So let's not stir up fears and face it together, ”he commented on Saturday at the end of his visit.