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Jul 6, 2021

Southern Doctor Appeals to Residents to Get Vaccinated

The COVID-19 vaccination campaign continues countrywide. Today in Placencia, the N.H.I. team was on hand giving jabs of the AstraZeneca vaccine to people gathered at the Placencia basketball court.  Doctor Rayford Rancharand is part of the Ministry of Health team based in Independence, which serves Independence, Seine Bight and many other southern communities.  He told News Five about his team’s most difficult moments during the pandemic, and why he is encouraging people in the Placencia and Independence area to get vaccinated. 

 

Rayford Rancharand

Dr. Rayford Rancharand, Medical Coordinator, N.H.I. Clinic

“We experienced about four deaths while we were caring for people because the system was overwhelmed. We had to make up our own covid unit at Independence, working 24 hours, and we had unfortunately about four people that ended up dying. But we also saved about ten or fifteen people that came to us, but this is just to show you how this disease is mortal and it does not respect any age, sex or race. Two of the folks that died, they were elderly folks, we had a female and a male. These were the ones that had for example diabetes, hypertension, and they were poorly controlled. Secondly, they also came at a late stage of the disease as well and so these are factors that definitely interfered with their overall wellness, ability to respond to the disease.  My message to people is that now that we have something to protect ourselves, now we have it available, take advantage, come out and protect yourself because it can save lives.”

 

A total of two hundred and sixty-eight people got their first COVID-19 vaccination today in Placencia, and fifty others got their second.


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