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Corona virus and healthcare in Barbados

Healthcare in Barbados

Healthcare in Barbados is rather above average in a worldwide 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 Barbados is 77.7 years for men and 80.4 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 6.4 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).

In total, the sum of 1,164.54 USD is spent per year and inhabitant. This corresponds to approximately 6.6% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,110.84 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Barbados

Currently: 2.4 new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants
By April 12th, 2021, 3734 infected persons and 44 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 3,734 infected people represent 1.3% of the country's total population. The number of new infections during the 14th calendar week (04/05/2021 to 04/11/2021) was 49 , representing 2.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per day.


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 Barbados results in a mortality rate of 1.2%. 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
14/2021491
13/2021512
12/2021751
11/20211172
10/20211391
09/20211881
08/20213245
07/20215237
06/20215366
05/20211744

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height177 cm165 cm
BMI26.429.3
Weight82.4 kg80.1 kg

Diseases

BarbadosØ worldwide
Diabetes *13.40%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.00%0.13%
HIV / Aids0.03%0.04%

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


Child vaccinations

BarbadosØ worldwide
Measles92.0%85.7%
Hepatitis B0.09%0.09%
DTP *9.00%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 Barbados, 8.7% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
12 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Corona virus and healthcare in BarbadosThe medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Barbados is above average and also exceeds the average achieved in the EU countries. The country provides 5.8 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 714 physicians in Barbados, there are about 2.49 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 case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).