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Saturday, February 24, 2024

The president of Doctors Manitoba is tired of the horrific effects of COVID

Key takeaways:

  • Doctors Manitoba recommends that COVID-19 public health orders be strictly enforced to protect the healthcare system.
  • The provincial rate was down from 6.1 per cent on Friday, while Winnipeg’s rate was up slightly from 3 per cent.

Despite pandemic weariness and vaccine hesitation among residents, Doctors Manitoba advises that enforcing COVID-19 public health orders is important to defend the healthcare system.

On Tuesday, public health officials reported one death from COVID-19 and 99 additional cases. As of Monday, Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate was 5.9% and 3.1 per cent in Winnipeg. The provincial rate was down from 6.1 per cent on Friday, while Winnipeg’s rate was up slightly from 3 per cent.

Dr Kristjan Thompson, the president of Doctors Manitoba and an ER doctor, told the Winnipeg Sun that he suffered from hearing about the epidemic.

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“The issue is that our hospital system before COVID was already in such a precarious position in terms of staff resources and redundancies,” he explained. “We were continually on the verge of hitting capacity, and in many cases, we were overcapacity.” 

Our healthcare system was already on the verge of collapse before this, but a worldwide pandemic brings a surge in both understanding and volume that our healthcare system simply cannot handle.”

 Doctors Manitoba president tired of devastating COVID  impacts

Thompson opposes any further lockdowns. He wants to go on a trip. He wishes to pay a visit to his relatives. However, he stressed that unless the epidemic is addressed, the healthcare system will not recover. 

He said the continued restrictions are a means to a goal and that working in the hospital exposes him to “the worst of the worst.” He’s fed up with witnessing people becoming gravely ill as a result of COVID-19 infection.

He explained, “It’s a perspective that a lot of people don’t see.” “Fortunately, many people who contract COVID are unaffected. This is because not everyone suffers from a serious ailment. It is, however, heartbreaking for people who are suffering from a serious sickness. 

That will give me a front-row seat. So, what do you think? I’m all for proposals from Dr Roussin and public health professionals that would help us lessen the spike so that our hospital system can cope with the backlog (of surgeries) and treat these people.”

Doctors Manitoba recently revealed a backlog of 130,000 operations and medical treatments in Manitoba. On Monday, the province indicated that after the throne speech on Nov. 23, they would launch a task force to resolve the backlog.

“It’s going to take a lot of effort from a lot of people,” Thompson added.

Source: Winnipeg News

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