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Corona virus and healthcare in Saint Lucia

Healthcare in Saint Lucia

Healthcare in Saint Lucia 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 Saint Lucia is 74.9 years for men and 77.6 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 3.4 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.0 years).

In total, the sum of 464.71 USD is spent per year and inhabitant. This corresponds to approximately 4.4% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,111.08 USD (~ 9.9% of the respective GDP).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Saint Lucia

Currently: 52.4 new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants
By September 13th, 2021, 9823 infected persons and 132 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 9,823 infected people represent 5.3% of the country's total population. The number of new infections during the 36th calendar week (09/06/2021 to 09/12/2021) was 674 , representing 52.4 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 Saint Lucia results in a mortality rate of 1.3%. 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 9,149 infected up to 14 days ago. This gives in Saint Lucia a new mortality rate of 1.3%.

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
36/202167416
35/202199413
34/20219236
33/20218662
32/20215295
31/20212051
30/20211031
29/2021481
28/2021651
27/2021901

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height176 cm165 cm
BMI29.530.3
Weight91.1 kg82.4 kg

Diseases

Saint LuciaØ worldwide
Diabetes *11.60%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.00%0.13%

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


Child vaccinations

Saint LuciaØ worldwide
Measles96.0%85.7%
Hepatitis B0.09%0.08%
DTP *9.20%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.

10 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Corona virus and healthcare in Saint LuciaMedical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Saint Lucia is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 1.3 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 19 physicians in Saint Lucia, there are about 0.11 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 18 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).