By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, December 11, 2021 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital is not backing down in the fight against COVID-19 and based on the country’s infection rate, the hospital is succeeding; Dexamethasone has been used in the treatment of coronavirus patients since July 2020, but treatment options may soon expand.
TCI Hospital CEO Dr Denise Braithwaite-Tennant confirmed they are working to keep the infection rate low through a mix of research, best practices and cutting edge medical treatments.
Magnetic Media got an update on hospital treatment options in early November. The hospital revealed that in an effort to find effective ways to combat the severe side effects of COVID-19, it has researched new therapeutic treatments based abroad.
One of these treatments, the hospital said, was molnupiravir. The drug, which has been approved by the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK, has been shown to be effective in the early stages of COVID-19 infection for those at risk .
Despite the positive outlook, TCI Hospital maintains that they would not rush into treatment. Representatives said the hospital’s Drugs and Therapeutics Advisory Committee would use “all available guidance information from multiple sources such as the MHRA, Public Health England, the Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization and others to make timely recommendations for safe, effective, and proven COVID-19 treatment protocols based on COVID-19.
In a subsequent interview on December 6, the CEO revealed that being dissatisfied with the amount of data available on Molnupiravir, he had requested a meeting with Public Health England (PHE) to seek their advice.
In the meantime, on advice from the FDA and MHRA, they continued to administer dexamethasone which they said was very effective in patients, has a good safety profile and has minimal side effects.
We have seen very good results with this drug and our approach with the majority of our patients has been successful, leading to a safe discharge, ”said Dr Braithwaite-Tennant, CEO of TCI Hospitals.
With a recovery percentage of around 98% of those infected through December 6, the statement rings true. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 350,000 COVID-19 tests have been administered at the TCI. Of that number, there were 3,107 positive cases and 3,055 recoveries.
For the moment, no one is hospitalized with the virus.
The hospital says its daily staff are also engaged in the fight against COVID, with a total of 96% of them vaccinated so far.
The hospital is set to continue on its current trajectory of keeping infections low and recoveries high and implores TCI islanders who want to help fight COVID-19 with frontline staff to do so by donating blood that can save the lives of all patients, including those with COVID-19[FEMININE[FEMININE
Interested islanders can donate blood to the National Blood Bank.