MUMN says was proven right; Malta not prepared for coronavirus outbreak

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Reacting to yesterday’s press briefing addressed by the office of the Superintendent of Public Health, the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses, MUMN said it was proven right that Mater Dei Hospital and the country are not prepared for an outbreak of coronavirus.

In a press statement the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses said that as a reply to the press briefing on coronavirus held on Tuesday, the union listed 5 facts that contradict what the Public Health Superintendent and Infection Control Consultant explained during the press briefing.

MUMN said it was totally untrue when stating that 350 nurses were trained from the Emergency Department, Intensive Therapy Unit and the Infectious Disease Unit as such units have only 220 nurses.

Another fact according to MUMN is that the preparatory plan, as stated during the press briefing, is only for 14 beds since such preparatory plan only includes ITU and IDU. That implies that Malta and Gozo is only prepared for 14 cases only said MUMN.

“If an aircraft or a cruise liner would result with more than 14 potential infected patients, Malta would not have the facilities nor the nurses to attend to such patients” –the union explained.

The Malta Union for Midwives and Nurses said it was also proven right regarding training provided to nurses.

“Yesterday’s press conference confirmed that the hundreds of nurses working in the Medical Wards, in the Surgical Wards in, in the Corridors and in Relieve Pool in Mater Dei Hospital were left with no training”.

In the press statement, the MUMN confirmed that even nurses working at the Gozo General Hospital and nurses working Primary Health Care did not receive any training.

The Union also said that it was proven right that no alternative isolation units were mentioned outside Mater Dei which should have been the focus of any preparation plan for Coronavirus.

MUMN also mentioned the two cases in Primary Health Centres were nurses did not attend to suspected cases of Coronavirus since nurses were not allowed to wear facemasks. The union said the nurses followed the directives issued on Tuesday for all its members to not attend patients positive to coronavirus.

On Tuesday, MUMN stated that it has issued the directive as nurses are not being given the necessary training, protocols and planning to treat possible cases of coronavirus.