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Public health and Covid-19 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 75.0 years for men and 77.7 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 3.5 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.1 years).
A total of 502.18 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 4.3% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,121.97 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).
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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Saint Lucia

Current incidence in the week ending 11/30/2022: 10.3 new infections per 100,000 population
Since the beginning of the pandemic until November 30th, 2022, a total of 29,711 infected people and 408 deaths have been reported in Saint Lucia.
The total of 29,711 infected people currently represents 16.18% of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding November 30th, 2022, was 19, for a 7-day incidence of 10.3 cases per 100,000 population. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, this results in a mortality rate of about 1.4 percent in Saint Lucia.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 122,977 vaccine doses have been administered as of November 11th, 2022. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. 60,140 people have received at least one vaccination (32.8%). The booster vaccination was received by 7,866 people (4.3%).
54,971 of these are considered fully vaccinated in Saint Lucia (= 29.9%).
This puts Saint Lucia well behind in terms of vaccination coverage. The vaccination rate is higher in 184 countries.
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 Covid19 virus topic page.

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%
Tuberculosis0.02‰1.27‰

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

Child vaccinations

Saint LuciaØ worldwide
Measles77.0%82.5%
Hepatitis B0.08%0.08%
DTP *8.00%8.21%

* 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

Public health and Covid-19 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 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 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).
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 125 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?