13 medical associations call for drastic Covid-19 related measures

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Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

13 medical associations representing a large majority of the specialty colleges and associations in Malta have called for drastic action in the short term warning that “half-hearted” measures will not work.

In a statement signed by the various organisations, the groups expressed their expert opinion and called for the re-introduction of further restrictive measures on Friday.

Malta registered 129 new infections on Friday bringing the total number of active cases to 1,988.

Superintendent of Public Health Prof. Charmaine Gauci said that currently 176 are receiving care in different medical institutions or wards at Mater Dei Hospital with fourteen patients being in intensive care.

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The medical professionals argued that the re-introduction of restrictive measures were need as health services were facing a crisis which would only get worse if it goes on unmitigated.

Despite the measures already in place, the medical associations are anticipating a continued increase in hospital admissions especially as winter approaches. They warned that the fatality rate is also expected to increase and have underlined that critical care service is already unable to cope with the demand.

“Treatment in all spheres, that people have come to take for granted, will not be deliverable, should the health services be under strain. Many elective procedures have already been cancelled,” the associations warned saying that the situation lived in Bergamo, Italy between March and April should be avoided at all costs.

The associations highlighted that the right of sick infected persons to have access to proper critical care in order to have a good chance of survival should be protected.

Similarly, individuals delivering highly stressful critical care should be protected from emotional burn out. They must be protected in order that the standard of care is maintained at its highest level throughout.

The medical associations underlined that the elderly vulnerable and the young immune-compromised should be protected so that they can look forward to a life post-Covid-19.

The statement was endorsed by The Malta Association of Public Health Medicine, Association of Anaesthetists of Malta, Malta College of Pathologists, Association of Surgeons Malta, Association of Physicians of Malta, Association of Emergency Physicians, Malta College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Malta Paediatric Association, Malta Association of Psychiatry, Malta Association of Dermatology and Venereology, Malta Association of Radiologists and Nuclear Medicine Physicians, Geriatric Medicine Society of Malta and Malta Association of Ophthalmologists.

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