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US News Madagascar: Faced with the second wave of COVID-19, an exhausted health personnel and overwhelmed

04:20  08 april  2021
04:20  08 april  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Over the last twenty days, the country identified nearly 4000 cases of COVID-19 including 124 deaths. The authorities recognized last week a lack of oxygen to treat the serious forms of COVID-19. Many caregiver members are out of breath in the face of increasingly difficult working conditions, including the paramedics that bring together nurses, midwives, ambulance or laboratory technicians.

With our correspondent in Antananarivo, Laetitia Bezain

The four CVIV-19 treatment centers of the capital were stormed upon their opening. Health workers do not have the means to properly treat all patients, explains Malala, nurse;

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"We have an overload of work and our equipment are insufficient. One can not treat all the patients since sometimes we have breaks in drugs and oxygen is not enough, that is to say that the resuscitation rooms are insufficient. There are many patients who can not be taken care of so they stay at home. For two or three weeks, we are really overwhelmed. We have only one ambulance to transfer the patients while we have dozens of transfers to be done in one day. We work day and night since there are many contaminated staff. It's very hard but it's our duty so we're going to assume. During the first wave, we could save a lot of lives but now it's hard to fight with these serious forms of the second wave. The nurse also calls for state support for patients and their families: "Most people no longer have the means. It must be helped financially and health must be accessible to everyone since in Madagascar there are centers that are not accessible.

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Almost all health workers have been or are currently contaminated by the coronavirus due to the lack of protective equipment, the insufficiency of recruitment of personnel and non-respect of hours and days of rest indicate Jerisoa Ralibera, Nursing and Chair of the Paramedics Union.

"All the staff works above 40 hours a week, more than 60, 70, even 90 hours a week, which makes us vulnerable and easier to be achieved by COVID-19. The working conditions are even worse than last year because in 2020 we have devoted a fairly astronomical sum to deal with this pandemic. But this year we do not hear about how many ariary, dollars or euros have been spent to cope with this double wave of COVID-19, which includes the variant of last year and the variant of South Africa. As soon as a CIVID-19 treatment center is open, the next day, all beds are busy. I do not have the words to qualify our despair, our fatigue. We feel abandoned and even defeated by COVID.

The Union asks the Government to grant an additional health envelope that would allow the medical staff "to regain forces" and to provide "the equipment required by the fight against CVIV-19". In recent months,

in addition to their requisition allowances , the paramedics claimed with their supervisory ministry the massive recruitment of health workers.

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