The Ministry of Health has made a decision to establish an oxygen plant at the Infectious Diseases Hospital at Lilliendaal which is being used to house COVID-19 patients.
The oxygen plant will be able to fully supply the needs of the hospital as the number of hospitalisations as a result of COVID-19 remain high. Many of the hospitalised patients are dependent on oxygen according to the Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony.
“We are working to improve the generation of oxygen on site. We are expecting to have an oxygen plant coming in shortly and it will be set up at the Ocean View facility so that we can generate our own oxygen and it will reduce the amount of oxygen we have to purchase on a daily basis. As of today, we have 81 patients of the 136 that require oxygen”, the Minister explained.
There are currently more than 3500 active cases of COVID-19 in Guyana. The Ocean View hospital has the highest number of hospitalised cases. The number of hospitalised persons at the hospital has been rising steadily as the COVID-19 virus continues to spread across the country.
In the past six days alone, more than 900 new cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed. Last month saw a record 6,279 cases being recorded.
The Health Minister said Guyana is still a far way from herd immunity as just over 40% of the country’s adult population has been vaccinated against the virus.
Dr. Anthony said the Ministry will continue its efforts to get more persons vaccinated.
Nine more COVID-19 deaths have been added to the country’s death toll, pushing it to 816. Two of the most recent deaths occurred back in August but have only now been confirmed as being COVID-19 related.