Corona virus and healthcare in the Bahamas

Healthcare in the Bahamas

Healthcare in the Bahamas is slightly above average in a global comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in the Bahamas is 71.5 years for men and 75.9 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 1.1 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in the Bahamas

The inhabitants of the Bahamas are also affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. By July 5th, 2020, 104 infected persons and 11 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported on March 15th, 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear. The country reached its peak so far on May 5th with 6 new infected persons.

Covid 19 virus infected in the Bahamas
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus in the Bahamas

The first graph shows the number of infected persons reported. The second graph shows the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in the Bahamas results in a mortality rate of 10.6%. However, it should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available. In order to quantify mortality more precisely, one would therefore have to compare the deaths that have occurred to date with those reported 104 infected up to 10 days ago. This gives in the Bahamas a new mortality rate of 10.6%.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Development in the last days

DateInfected Deaths 
Sun 5th0+0.0%0+0.0%
Sat 4th0+0.0%0+0.0%
Fri 3rd0+0.0%0+0.0%
Thu 2nd0+0.0%0+0.0%
Wed 1st0+0.0%0+0.0%
Tue 30th0+0.0%0+0.0%
Mon 29th0+0.0%0+0.0%
Sun 28th0+0.0%0+0.0%
Sat 27th0+0.0%0+0.0%
Fri 26th0+0.0%0+0.0%

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height173 cm161 cm
BMI27.228.9
Weight81.4 kg74.9 kg

Diseases

BahamasØ worldwide
Diabetes *8.80%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.01%0.13%
HIV / Aids0.08%0.04%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.


Child vaccinations

BahamasØ worldwide
Measles89.0%86.0%
Hepatitis B0.09%0.08%
Tetanus10.0%0.0%
DTP *9.00%8.59%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.
In the Bahamas, 11.5% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
13 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

The medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in the Bahamas is above average, but is not as good as the average within the EU. The country provides 2.9 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The worldwide average here is 2.7 beds and within the EU there are even 5.6 beds for every 1000 inhabitants.

With about 747 physicians in the Bahamas, there are about 1.94 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Due to the low level of care, the mortality of major known diseases can only be reduced in comparatively few cases. According to current information, about 16 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) still die.

Sources

Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The daily case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).