‘Govt sends us NAKED against Covid-19’: RT speaks to French nurse from caregivers’ undressing flashmob
…from Russia Today, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: Leave it to the French to know how to get attention with a protest. And they certainly have no risk of being fired with the staff shortages that they have.
When it seems that almost all countries have been guilty of low pandemic critical supply planning, some could say that it would be unfair to single one country out. But it is a two part problem.
While a country could make the case that keeping huge amounts of excess safety equipment capacity on hand would be financially impractical, it would be harder to slough off not even having enough for the medical staff when their full participation would be critical for handling the tidal wave of pandemic patients.
Government failure, so far appears to been not having any blue print whatsoever for ramping up production quickly with designated suppliers who then had their own emergency plans, etc.
No one would have expected a pushbutton response, but they certainly could have done modeling exercises of different scenarios for making sure the needed raw materials were at least kept at needed levels in government reserves.
When the last body is buried, and maybe even before, this “incident” will go under the microscope to reveal the domino failure mistakes that were made.
One early clue is the constant stream of admissions that medical systems having been under stress for some time. It does not take a genius to realize that that was a pandemic disaster waiting to happen… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … April 04, 2020 –
The unorthodox demonstration kicked off earlier this week, with dozens of nurses undressing in a silent protest against the government “sending us naked to face this pandemic,” as Melina Dufraigne-Laflechelle, one of the nurses behind the flashmob, put it on RT France.
Using the hashtag #apoilcontrelecovid (naked against the Covid), the silent protest featured medics of all ages posing with small signs concealing their private parts.
“As you all know, to be able to treat patients with dignity and not take risks for ourselves and our patients, we need a set of equipment which we don’t have,” said Dufraigne-Laflechelle.
Old-fashioned masks are the only protective gear local medical staff have received from the government, she claimed. France, where the virus has claimed over 6,500 lives, seems underprepared for containing Covid-19.
“The government doesn’t hear us; we aren’t heard, neither are hospitals,” Dufraigne-Laflechelle said, lamenting that “the healthcare sector has been in bad shape for 15-20 years.”
This state of affairs takes a heavy toll on daily operations, according to the nurse. Both patients and their families are forced to learn that “the world’s fifth or sixth most powerful country doesn’t have enough intensive care capacity.”
We have to make choices, you know that and it’s being said; it’s a reality, there are choices being made in the people we treat and that we will treat.
On Friday, France recorded 588 fatalities in just 24 hours, marking the worst one-day death toll from Covid-19 in the country since the start of the outbreak. Director General of Health Jerome Salomon described the situation as “totally unprecedented in the history of French medicine.”
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