MIL OSI Translation. French Polynesian to English –
Source: Government of New Caledonia
The national experts sent in the context of the health crisis presented the results of their mission to the Caledonian authorities. A first contingent of reinforcements is expected from the evening of September 21 to come and assist hospital staff in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic.
At the request of the government, six specialists from Métropole were dispatched by the state to New Caledonia about a week ago. Their mission: to establish a diagnosis of the organization and medical management of crises, to estimate and identify the needs for reinforcements, but also “to discuss avenues to structure themselves in the longer term and avoid new waves”, indicated Professor Étienne. Gayat, crisis medical director of the Assistance publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP). In conjunction with the Department of Health and Social Affairs, the mission visited all hospitals, some health centers and spoke with the health authorities of the Islands. “We have seen an efficient organization that brings together health authorities, hospital directors and health professionals. The issue of coordination has been well understood, noted the specialist. New Caledonia has recent equipment. The needs identified are essentially human, which is normal for meeting the Covid patient care plan ”.
Thus, national solidarity is already underway after the appeal made to hospital resources in the regions. “A first contingent of around 70 people will land on Tuesday evening with eight doctors, 40 nurses, 15 orderlies, physiotherapists and laboratory technicians,” detailed the anesthesiologist Étienne Gayat. At the end of the week, around 60 people from the health reserve will arrive in a flight that will also carry equipment ”. These include, for example, resuscitation machines with 20 ventilators, 150 infusion sets and feeding systems for people in a coma. The additional staff will be deployed for a minimum of three weeks at the Médipôle, at the North health center and at other sites as needed. Team renewals are being considered knowing that the estimated reinforcement needs at the highest level are around 300 people.
“Vaccination is the lifeline”
These reinforcements will also be able to intervene in hotels that have been reorganized to accommodate patients with Covid after evaluation by a doctor. A device deemed “original and exemplary” by the specialist. “It could not be implemented elsewhere. This system will make it possible to free up space in the hospital while offering good monitoring of patients who cannot isolate themselves at home. “
In the longer term, in this context of virus circulation, the expert’s verdict is clear: “The lifeline is vaccination to prevent severe forms of the disease, limit the circulation of the virus and preserve the hospital. There is awareness, the delay is being made up, we must maintain this shared will “.
Points of attention and anticipation
The mission and the authorities also paid particular attention to the coordination of medical transport, essential for good patient care. This is being put in place and will involve all stakeholders: ambulance personnel, civil security and the military if necessary. Another point of vigilance, the care of the deceased. Burial protocols will soon be presented so that operations can take place in the best conditions of dignity, respect for families and health constraints. Finally, for Prof. Étienne Gayat, anticipation of resources must remain essential. Thus, New Caledonia could consider two other assistance mechanisms: the provision of military resources, currently deployed in the West Indies, and medical evacuations of patients in intensive care to the Metropolis.
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