Deconfined like the metropolis on May 11, Guyana, a French territory bordering Brazil, has still not passed the peak of the coronavirus epidemic. The lack of caregivers raises fears that the department will quickly be overwhelmed.
A patient who arrives at the emergency room in Cayenne (Guyana) is potentially infected with the coronavirus. However, the doctor who welcomes him does not wear protective clothing. “The doctor is not wearing proper attire. He is half dressed in civilian clothes, for lack of disposable clothes. That means he’s going to take the miasma from the hospital home.”deplores Dr. Jean-Marc Pujo, head of the emergency department at the Andrée Rosemon hospital center in Cayenne.
The medical teams first took care of a few cases imported from France. They are now facing a second epidemic wave from neighboring Brazil. “For us, it starts now. We do a lot of overtime because we are short of staff. We come back to work on our days off”, explains Morgane Guyader, a nurse. According to the Minister of Overseas, Guyana needs 300 additional caregivers to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic.