The Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses called for several new measures in light of the spike in active cases of COVID-19. The MUMN called for a postponing of non-urgent surgeries at hospital, a closure of bars as well as a curfew to fight the new surge.
The statement released on Wednesday said that measures such as wearing masks in public are just ‘political measures’ with no scientific significance. They labelled them as ineffective in reducing numbers, putting forth their own as a possible solution.
The union said that not only are all beds in Mater Dei filled, but that it is time to consider stopping non-urgent elective surgeries. When paired with the flu and other medical conditions, the situation at the hospital is being deemed very serious.
‘Allowing the country to run with no effective COVID measures demonstrates that the government is more inclined to appease the entertainment industry than the health professionals such as the nurses who are working under huge pressure’ the MUMN remarked.
With several nurses on sick leave or in quarantine causing a shortage of nurses, the MUMN accused the government of letting the hospital get overwhelmed with patients. The union also urged the public to avoid going to establishments for their own safety.
People reacted to this however, putting into question why other medical procedures should be stopped. With 5 people in the ITU due to COVID, some criticised the MUMN by stating that ‘not being able to cope shows more the lack of planning than anything else.’
‘Life must go on – as this will most likely last for few more years. Any measures implemented should be sustainable. Short term solutions only fulfil short term goals’ one said.
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