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COVID:19 deaths: ‘These are the moments that I dreaded most!’- Hon Malone

- said VI does not have enough ventilators & pleaded with persons to get vaccinated
As COVID-19 deaths and infections rise across the VI, Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) said the current situation in the territory is one that he dreaded the most. Photo: GIS/File
According to the Hon Carvin Malone, there are currently 12 working ventilators at the Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital with other breathing equipment should the need arise, however, more equipment would be needed to get everything up and running. Photo: Internet Source
According to the Hon Carvin Malone, there are currently 12 working ventilators at the Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital with other breathing equipment should the need arise, however, more equipment would be needed to get everything up and running. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As COVID-19 deaths and infections rise in the [British] Virgin Islands, Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has said the current situation in the territory is one that he dreaded the most.

The Minister made the comments in a social media post on July 17, 2021, when he also called for prayers for the territory.

The Health Minister also extended condolences to the grieving families and friends of those who died as a result of the virus.

The VI currently has 18 deaths as a result of COVID-19, the majority of which occurred in the past week.

Meanwhile, on day one of the weekend vaccination drive at Festival Grounds last Saturday, July 17, 2021, Hon Malone also reminded that the territory does not have enough ventilators and pleaded with the unvaccinated to get inoculated.

Not enough ventilators - Hon Malone

“We don't have enough, and I've always said that we could only have enough if we need none of what we have,” he said in an online interview.

According to the minister, there are currently 12 working ventilators at the Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital with other breathing equipment should the need arise; however, more equipment would be needed to get everything up and running.

“We have breathing apparatus, we have high oxygen operators, but in terms of ventilators we hope that no one else will have to be added to this and we're going to try our very best to make sure that we do what we could.”

Hon Malone assured that the VI Government will do all that it can to prevent deaths, hospitalisations, and the use of ventilators at the hospitals.

44 Responses to “COVID:19 deaths: ‘These are the moments that I dreaded most!’- Hon Malone”

  • Ivermectin (20/07/2021, 11:59) Like (22) Dislike (20) Reply
    Countries around the world are disregarding the WHO advice and using Ivermectin. It just got approved for use in Zimbabwe and Slovakia tlas well as a few other European and Afrian countries.

    These deaths are tragic but we can still do more than just vaccinate. Hey, even vaccinated people may find themselves fighting (though that's a smaller chance than if unvaccinated). Give the people options and the best chance of fighting.

    I've read so many testimonials and a few studies and articles.

    The UN and WHO are okay with people dying because that's the agenda. They think there are too many of us on the planet and it threatens their way of life. But only God has the power to decide who lives and dies. Don't let people die because of the agenda of man.
    • name them (20/07/2021, 13:33) Like (9) Dislike (14) Reply
      Name the European countries because we definitely won't be following the likes of Zimbabwe or Slovakia.
    • @Ivermectin (20/07/2021, 13:34) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
      Don’t waste your time
      The Bible told us about the heads
      But there’s the big day coming the kings of the earth shall go on the mountains and beg them
      To fall on them & hide them
      From the wrath of Almighty God
    • resident (20/07/2021, 13:35) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
      the w.h.o is a tool of the chinese, they helped them hide the pandemic at the start
    • Rubber Duck (20/07/2021, 13:58) Like (13) Dislike (14) Reply
      FDA has not approved ivermectin for use in treating or preventing COVID-19 in humans. Ivermectin tablets are approved at very specific doses for some parasitic worms, and there are topical (on the skin) formulations for head lice and skin conditions like rosacea. Ivermectin is not an anti-viral (a drug for treating viruses).

      Taking large doses of this drug is dangerous and can cause serious harm.

      So you take some first and we will see how you get on.
    • Study withdrawn (20/07/2021, 14:40) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
      The Elgazzar study that claimed Ivermectin was an effective treatment for COVID19 has been withdrawn due to ethical concerns about parts of the text being copied from other work and issues when the data was reviewed. Ivermectin is used to treat parasites such as worms and headlice, NOT COVID.
    • Doctor Know (20/07/2021, 18:35) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
      The number of dead is now 23 as of July 20 th.

      Cretins like you spreading stupid tales are partly to blame

      Get vaccinated.
    • @Ivermectin (21/07/2021, 19:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is a controversial and dangerous drug when not taken as prescribed by a medical doctor. If you think this is a smarter idea than the vaccine, then you're up there with Trump and his bleach tablets. Relying on testimonials and 'so many' articles (my a$$ - what 50? 100? so what!) rather than statistics supported by MILLIONS of cases worldwide across many countries is poor judgement.
  • Mr Minister U have tried ur best. (20/07/2021, 12:02) Like (33) Dislike (16) Reply
    Be comforted Mr. Minister. U have tried , The Bible speaks of disobedient children....U go as far as offering them lunch for Jab...They rediculed you... I stand in your Corner as a defender....Decision has consequences. What is puzzling to me is Nurses, Doctors, Police, Immigration and Customs our real front linr workers refusing to get vaccinated and remained on Govt pay roll. ..Imagine you are in the Army going to War and the Commander giving you your weapon and you are refusing saying you are going to find single handedly you dont need weapon, You will be discharged immediately from the service.....
  • Condolences (20/07/2021, 12:04) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    My condolences to the families of losing their love ones. May God be with them and comfort them in this time.
  • god is watching (20/07/2021, 12:04) Like (125) Dislike (27) Reply
    Oh sure!! Ahyo plan working to scare people into vaccination.
    • BIG AL (20/07/2021, 13:51) Like (22) Dislike (19) Reply
      @ god is watching
      Wtf is wrong with you? What planet are you living on. People dying every day and you still talking bs about people scaring people into taking the vaccine. You are past being foolish. I hope that you don't have children because they don't stand a chance.
    • Ghost (20/07/2021, 18:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ god is watching … His Name is God .. lower case. “g” is for idols.. May have been written innocently, but Please Capitalize His Name .. there is NO other God “but Him”… some additional advice - STOP being a fool if you didn’t take the vaccine.. as I’ve stated many times, I firmly believe that God Gave the vaccines to us to Help us in this pandemic.. stop saying foolishness for God forbid (and I pray not) you lose someone you love or you get sick with covid, you might just end up saying, “If a hadda know” I would have taken it and encourage others to as well.
  • Jerry Teeler (20/07/2021, 12:17) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Prayers up Tortola. Much love.
  • Disaster (20/07/2021, 12:22) Like (21) Dislike (4) Reply
    The Premier repeatedly stated that COVID-19 was not a disaster, it was a pandemic. Well I disagree, this is a disaster of epic proportions!
  • Bush tea people (20/07/2021, 12:36) Like (22) Dislike (30) Reply
    Right now each patient that is admitted should be given bush tea a least four times daily. I know those useless nurses operate giving patients Olvatine and milk tea. MY GOD What the hell has happened to Caribbean people. All the list of things they suggested to take for your symptoms not one mention of bush tea. I am not just talking out of disguss , because I had my brush of Covid and had it not been for Eucalyps bush and Leomon grass bush I may have ended up down there also.
    • Hjm (20/07/2021, 13:19) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
      Means u r positive or sick like who is down at the hospital. Keep ur 2 cents to yourself.
    • my2cents (20/07/2021, 13:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      How many years of medical school did you complete? In your profession have you ever had someone walk in off the street and tell you what to do & how it should be done b/c one time they saw someone do this or that or heard some one of their friends say this or that, but you know your work better than someone who never did it before don't you. Pay others the same respect, they know more than you do about their trade.
    • Concerned nurse (20/07/2021, 15:30) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      Who exactly are you calling useless? Can you walk a mild in our shoes. Are you ready and skilled enough to put your life at risk caring these ? Would you be bringing your busy tea every 4 hours for us to give the patients. If not then shut up and take a blasted seat wayyyyy back somewhere.
    • x (20/07/2021, 15:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Try drinking bush tea when you cannot breathe and tell me what happens.
  • need (20/07/2021, 12:41) Like (26) Dislike (7) Reply
    Please keep the territory updated daily on statistics pertaining to hospitalized, recoveries and deaths You would see how fast people will be changing their minds about vaccines. This thing is real as the wind that blows.
  • Plandemic (20/07/2021, 13:10) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    White folks brain washing and guilt tripping a lot of ayo, that’s how to show them is sheeps in reality and still support the white man who slave them for years! Look at them on the community boards!
  • homeboy (20/07/2021, 13:17) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need a change of direction. When the coi.done with us. we will get a better bvi.
  • Fools (20/07/2021, 13:20) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Does that mean you will step down from this position since you were ineffective as the Minister of Health?
  • E. Leonard (20/07/2021, 13:31) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    The BVI has a small and limited health system, including the Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital as the sole hospital. The territory lacked the luxury that if Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital is at capacity patients can be transported to another hospital across town or to a nearby city. The BVI is in crisis with the spike in active cases and deaths ( currently at 18) and overwhelming the hospital would exacerbate the crisis. The crisis is resulting in Virgin Islanders at home and the diaspora abroad to live on the edge. Each day is filled with anxiety awaiting the daily updates.

    Covid-19 is a deadly disease with limited treatments. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has thus far approve one drug—Remdesivir—-as a treatment in specific situations. The best management practices are a)infection prevention, b) control measures, and c)supportive care, ie, oxygen, ventilators.....etc. The Hon Carvin Malone indicated that the hospital has only 12 ventilators. As such, the BVI must worked energetically and effectively to prevent and/or lessen the demand for ventilators. Moreover, even if the BVI had several hospitals, abundant doctors, nurses, technicians.....etc, hundreds of ventilators....etc, the best and smartest course action would be to avoid contracting the deadly disease. Social distance, mask up, avoid crowded situations, isolate , quarantine, stay in secure bubbles.....etc. Further, the evidence is clear that vaccines work; the benefits of vaccines far outweigh any potential risks. In the US and elsewhere, a significant percentage of patients being hospitalized or dying from Covid-related causes were unvaccinated. This may be true also in the VI. Get the jab! It is important to note that being fully vaccinated does not mean that one cannot contract the disease. Vaccines enables the body to develop an immunity and be able to fight the disease, reducing infection impact, reducing the probability of being hospitalized and dying.
    • Political Observer (PO) (20/07/2021, 15:11) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
      Real talk my brother. Let’s take the jab and stop filling up the line hospital and adding to the pile in morgue. No diss intended. Speedy recovery those who are hospitalized and condolences to the families that are suffering through pain of having lost precious lives. Everyone stay safe, take of yourselves and others.
  • Who’s (20/07/2021, 13:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Addressing those machines ?
  • resident (20/07/2021, 13:36) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    there are drugs we can use to treat covid not just the vaccine
  • Some illusion-minded persons may soon suggest to us that voodoo grace is the antidote against the covid-19 virus. ' (20/07/2021, 13:36) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Some may even try to urge us to use ignorant bush, because of their ignorant, deluded mindset.
    Lord God, please help us. We need Your Divine guidance most of all.

  • Tim (20/07/2021, 15:31) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    18 people had to die to roughly 800-900 people will get the brain to get vaccinated ... what a sad story.
  • Dr. (20/07/2021, 15:48) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dawn Bain in Road Town posted she’s bringing Ivermectin for those interested couple of days she’ll have em instock.
  • Mr LEONARD (20/07/2021, 15:57) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Quiet Warrior (20/07/2021, 16:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    In the days of the pandemic when New York was hot and burning and was the epicenter for Covid cases and deaths in the US, United States Navy Hospital Ship was dispatch to New York to help fight the Covid outbreak. Is the UK going to send a hospital ship to the BVI? Controlling v. Helping?
    • question (20/07/2021, 18:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Will BVI ask the UK to send hospital ships or are they afraid to appear dependent on help?
  • Diaspora 3D/360 (20/07/2021, 16:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Talk, talk, talk ! Enough already with the talk fest. Stop playing mind and political games, acting in self-interest and looking towards the next election, and shut the damn place down. Lock the border tight and lockdown. And get to work stabilizing the situation. By the way, why berth a tourist ship in the BVI if the tourist cannot come ashore. Who does that benefit? It benefits neither the tourists nor the BVI. Let the ship go on to its next port of call.
  • Help is here (20/07/2021, 17:22) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    James Luke | +1 268-720-0418 or Dr. Natalie Nash | +1 868 724 4898 |
    Useful for Covid-19, flu, cold, fever, chills, nasal congestion.
    Combine the following:
    TURMERIC - 6 inches (3 tablespoons powder)
    GINGER - 6 inches (3 tablespoons powder)
    GARLIC -10 cloves
    ONIONS - 2 medium
    LEMON - squeeze 6 or 12 tablespoons lemon juice
    CAYENNE PEPPER - 1 teaspoon or 5 opened capsules (at least 90,000 heat units)
    HONEY - 5 tablespoons to 1/2 cup (do not use if you are Diabetic)
    WATER - 2 cups hot water
    • BLEND all ingredients thoroughly in 2 cups of HOT water in a blender.
    • Next, cover and let it draw for 40 minutes.
    Consume 4 tablespoons every 15 minutes until symptoms break. Keep mixture refrigerated
    and allow to cool before drinking.
    As a preventative, take 3-4 tablespoons, two to three times daily.
    It may be set frozen in ice cubes and used when required.
    STEAM INHALATION: Get a basin of hot water, add 2 drops of Eucalyptus Oil and 2 Drops
    of Peppermint Oil into it. Cover your head with a sheet and inhale for 10 minutes. Do this three
    times a day. Inhaling Peppermint oil increases the oxygen saturation level.
    SWEAT SHEET: Take a dry sheet and drape it around your neck to cover the body. Sit in a
    chair in the sun for 30 to 40 minutes to sweat. Drink sips of water to keep hydrated. Afterward,
    dry your skin and rest.
    The Super Flu Bomb can be made into a Soup by adding potatoes and replacing the honey with
    HOT AND COLD CONTRAST SHOWER. To boost the immune system and relieve Fever
    and Chills, bathe in a very warm shower for 3 minutes, then switch from hot to all cold for 30
    secs. Repeat three times, ending with cold. Dry your skin and rest for at least 30 minutes.
    NOTE: If you have Gastritis or Stomach Ulcers leave out the lemon and cayenne.
  • bvi (20/07/2021, 19:17) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Minister for Health why did u change the protocol in early june to let fully vaccinated people come into the VI and when they get here no test or no quarantine on june 15 that was the first mistake, for ur information fully vaccinated people can carry the virus and spread it also,
    • Applause (20/07/2021, 20:15) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Thank you! This is the cause right there. The virus came in by the dozen. May God have mercy on the BVI.
    • Covid 19 (20/07/2021, 20:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Not the Ministers fault- the people who export illegal dancers or those fake test negative tests- stupid is as stupid does.
  • Covid 19 (20/07/2021, 20:16) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I feel for you Mr Malone. No matter what you say about the vaccine there are still dumb people who believe they are not going to die if they don't get the vaccine. You have the hardest job at the moment - trying to convince people to live.
  • Just take the vaccine (20/07/2021, 20:21) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    # helpishere. OR instead of your remedies etc. you just take the VACCINE which is the only thing to stop you dying!
  • Maverick (21/07/2021, 19:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do you have hard evidence to prove your allegation, that fully vaccinated travelers have led to the covid19 spike and deaths. If you possess contact data supporting your claim please share.
  • V.I. (22/07/2021, 17:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gov. Should have never changed the protocol to enter country for vaccinated persons it is the cause just look at the dates !

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