Emergency Field Hospital Cares for COVID-19 Patients in the Bahamas

November 6, 2020 • Bahamas

Our medical personnel worked around the clock to save lives in Nassau.

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As the Bahamas experienced a deadly second wave of the coronavirus, Samaritan’s Purse came alongside the island nation to provide an Emergency Field Hospital and critical Infection Prevention Control (IPC) training. In partnership with Nassau’s Princess Margaret Hospital, Samaritan’s Purse doctors and nurses offered critical care at a 28-bed field hospital, specially designed to treat COVID-19.

“The most rewarding part of this response is when patients walk out that door,” said Dr. Bob Spencer, a Samaritan’s Purse medical team member. “We have patients that come here who are sick and they are really down with the illness. We love on them, we show them the love of Jesus Christ.”

We thank God for the opportunities we had to provide care in Jesus’ Name. Our last patient left our center on Nov. 5, when facility operations were handed over to Princess Margaret Hospital.

Helping Caregivers

COVID-19 is a difficult disease to deal with for medical personnel in any country—physically and emotionally.

Dr. Bob Spencer is caring for patients in Jesus' Name.

Dr. Bob Spencer was among those caring for patients in Jesus’ Name.

That’s why Samaritan’s Purse was also actively involved with IPC training in the Bahamas. Pulling on past experience treating COVID-19 in Italy and New York City and other infectious diseases such as Ebola, cholera and diphtheria, Samaritan’s Purse trained and equipped Bahamian medical personnel to safely provide care, including how to properly put on and take off Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and providing recommendations on properly isolating COVID patients.

Samaritan’s Purse trained more than 800 healthcare professionals in proper IPC measures. This included a virtual training that reached 36 local clinics across 26 islands.

Please continue praying for medical staff in the Bahamas as they care for coronavirus patients. Pray for comfort and healing for these patients.

We began today receiving patients at the respiratory care unit.
Emergency Medicine Your gift will enable Samaritan’s Purse to provide life-saving medical care (including doctors, nurses, respirators, and other essential equipment) to hurting and vulnerable communities. We respond in the wake of natural and manmade disasters, as well as during outbreaks of infectious diseases. We also offer public health outreaches to prevent the spread of life-threatening illnesses. Most important, our teams bring the Gospel message of the Lord Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and afraid.

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