Barbados: Minister of Health & Wellness, Lt. Col. Hon Jeffrey Bostic warned Barbadians to be cautious about raising death rates.
The Health & Wellness committee of Barbados confirmed a total of 18 deaths related to COVID-19.
Government of Barbados stated that It had been a challenging 48 hours in the fight against coronavirus in Barbados. A third and fourth Barbadian have died in this period, bringing the death toll from the virus to 18.
Barbados’s latest coronavirus losses are an 83–year-old man who passed away at the Accident and Emergency Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on February 4.
The senior lived single, and on February 3, after not being noticed for some time, friends and neighbors broke into his rural residence in an attempt to aid him.
He was found to be sick and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he was examined through tests in the Accident and Emergency Department. He died there the previous day (February 4). The elderly gentleman’s passing brought the death rate to 17.
The previous morning, a 75-year-old female passed away at Harrison Point. The lady was a recent patient of the Geriatric Hospital in St Michael when she took hostile.
She was admitted in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on January 27 but was assigned to Harrison Point two days later when a PCR test showed her to be coronavirus-positive.
Deepest condolences are extended from the Ministry of Health& Wellness to the closed ones. Minister of Health & Wellness, Lt. Col. Hon Jeffrey Bostic, explained the case of the elderly gentleman as “an unfortunate one.”
He said, “this shows the value of being our neighbors’ keeper and looking out for each other. This is a time to get back the traditional community spirit and strengthen each other”.
Sympathizing at the passing of the elderly lady, the Minister stated that “her case shows the requirement of being vigilant concerning the elderly, who have been the preponderance of those dying from coronavirus in Barbados.
The majority of our seniors are getting affected in their homes, through contact with close relatives, caregivers, and friends who are scattering in public and are then in contact with the elderly.”
Minister Bostic warned Barbadians to be very cautious around senior citizens and those who undergo NCDs.