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

By January 18th, 2021, 8067 infected persons and 175 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported in March 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 total of 8,067 infected people represent 2.1% of the country's total population.

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

The first graph shows the number of reported infections per calendar week. The second graph below 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 2.2%. 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.

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

Current development

Calendar weekInfectedDeaths
02/2021630
01/2021800
53/2020905
52/2020696
51/2020911
50/2020950
49/2020830
48/2020830
47/20202277
46/20202394

Weight and size

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

Diseases

BahamasØ worldwide
Diabetes *8.80%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.02%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
Measles85.0%85.7%
Hepatitis B0.09%0.09%
Tetanus10.0%0.0%
DTP *8.60%8.57%

* 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, 10.9% 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 global mean here is 2.7 beds. Within the EU, 5.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 755 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).