MIL-OSI Translation: A first for the care of Covid patients


MIL OSI Translation. French Polynesian to English –

Source: Government of New Caledonia

New Caledonia has set up innovative hotel care for some people with Covid-19. These patients are referred by a doctor to this solution, if their condition does not require hospitalization, while allowing them to benefit from close medical supervision.

In just a few days, thanks to the responsiveness of the Civil Security and Risk Management Department (DSCGR), the Health and Social Affairs Department (DASS), the Purchasing, Assets and Resources Department ( DAPM), new treatment could be offered to Caledonians positive for Covid-19, in connection with the Territorial Hospital Center. An alternative to seclusion at home, which can be difficult to manage, is hospitality with medical supervision. Thus, the establishments that previously housed the quarantined passengers have been reorganized to receive patients. The confinement of travelers arriving in New Caledonia is maintained, but at home.


Relieve pressure on hospitals

Frédéric Marchi-Leccia, Director of Civil Security and Risk Management, came to present at the government press point this unique device which aroused the interest of the Metropolitan expert mission. “The idea is to relieve the pressure on hospital structures from an influx of patients who do not need hospital care,” said the colonel. On the one hand, we receive people who are positive for Covid-19, and on the other hand, patients who are on the mend, but still need care. This non-binding device aims to avoid tragedies because people are supported and do not find themselves alone when faced with their problems ”. Indeed, if the patient’s state of health deteriorates, he is quickly hospitalized at the Médipôle. “This solution allows an efficient offer of care,” said Dr Sébastien Mabon of the DASS. If this solution is offered to a patient, he should not hesitate. He will have access to the best conditions to heal ”.




Medical staff and volunteers

Concretely, three hotels were requisitioned in Nouméa for this device: Le Méridien, the Royal Castle and the Nouvata, with a total capacity of 500 rooms. Hotels have also been set up for this mission in the North Province and in the Islands.

Patients are seen by a doctor every day, while care is provided by nurses assisted by IFPSS students. The establishments have been equipped to be able to receive patients with oxygen. In total, 77 nurses are involved in this well-oiled mechanism, reinforced since September 23 by 6 nurses and a health framework of national solidarity. In addition, there are 60 volunteer non-medical firefighters recruited by the DSCGR. All vaccinated, they take part in many missions: helping to regulate the reception of patients, inventorying medical and pharmaceutical equipment, organizing the delivery of meals or even helping nurses with oxygen therapy for patients. “I would like to salute these volunteers,” insisted the director of Civil Security. They were already working in the hotels during the passengers’ quarantine and contributing to their well-being by bringing meals, supervising walks and parcel deliveries… They made the choice to continue to help Caledonians in this crisis by intervening in this device which is more risky ”.

Since the implementation of this care, “255 patients in total have been received. There are regular entries and exits, ”said Frédéric Marchi-Leccia. Only 15% of them have a full vaccination schedule.

Support for caregivers and hotel staff A government delegation, led by its president, Louis Mapou, visited Le Méridien on September 25 to meet and discuss with the operational command post (PCO) teams. Created in March 2020 to organize repatriations to New Caledonia, the PCO is now also responsible for coordinating the reception in hotels of patients with Covid-19 requiring medical surveillance. The president and members of the government thanked and expressed their support for these dedicated professionals, some of them for a year and a half, at the service of Caledonians.



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