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Public health and Covid-19 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 69.1 years for men and 76.3 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 0.3 years lower (men: 69.8 / women: 74.9 years).

A total of 2,004.62 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 5.7 percent of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,115.01 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of COVID-19 in the Bahamas

Since the beginning of the pandemic until January 28th, 2023, a total of 37,491 infected people and 833 deaths have been reported in the Bahamas.

The total of 37,491 infected people currently represents 9.5 percent of the total population.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 364,701 vaccine doses have been administered as of January 20th, 2023. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. There are 174,147 people who have received at least one vaccination (44.3 percent). The booster vaccination was received by 33,585 people (8.5 percent).

165,633 of these are considered fully vaccinated in the Bahamas (= 42.1 percent).
This puts Bahamas well behind in terms of vaccination coverage. The vaccination rate is higher in 162 countries.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infections and deaths by country can be found on our COVID-19 virus topic page.

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height174 cm163 cm
BMI27.228.9
Weight82.4 kg77.0 kg

Diseases

BahamasØ worldwide
Diabetes *8.80%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.12‰1.34‰
HIV / Aids0.04%0.03%

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


Child vaccinations

BahamasØ worldwide
Measles82.0%81.7%
Hepatitis B0.08%0.08%
Tetanus10.0%0.0%
DTP *7.50%8.14%

* DTP is a 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, 10.6 percent of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
The number of underweight newborns is 13 percent.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in the BahamasThe 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 3.0 hospital beds per 1,000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 790 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 1,000 inhabitants and in the EU is 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality rate of major known diseases can be reduced as far as possible. For example, only about 20 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Sources

The above data correspond to the information from the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the COVID-19 come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Infected and deaths by the corona virus (COVID 19)Spread of the Corona virus Covid19 (SARS-CoV-2)Worldwide development of the number of cases and deaths due to the corona virus.
Comparison: Life expectancyAverage life expectancy by countryInternational ranking of life expectancy in 121 countries including summary by continents. Explanation of significant factors.
Comparison: quality of lifeQuality of life in country comparisonCompare the quality of life around the globe: In which countries is life pleasant, safe and healthy?