Corona virus and healthcare in French Polynesia

Healthcare in French Polynesia

Healthcare in French Polynesia 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 French Polynesia is 75.4 years for men and 79.7 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 4.9 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in French Polynesia

By January 18th, 2021, 17635 infected persons and 126 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 17,635 infected people represent 6.3% of the country's total population.

Covid 19 virus infected in French Polynesia
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus in French Polynesia

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 French Polynesia results in a mortality rate of 0.7%. 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
02/20213944
01/20213158
53/20203766
52/20203685
51/20204357
50/202064017
49/20201,0116
48/20201,11810
47/20201,27210
46/20201,71114

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height178 cm166 cm
BMI29.629.5
Weight93.8 kg81.3 kg

Diseases

French PolynesiaØ worldwide
Diabetes *19.50%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.02%0.13%

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


Medical supplies

With about 474 physicians in French Polynesia, there are about 1.70 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.

Through medical care, the mortality of major known diseases can be reduced to an above-average extent. For example, only about 0 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently 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).