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May 11, 2021

Is Go-Slow by Nurses Affecting Services to COVID-19 Patients?

Lorna Perez

On the topic of the availability of human resources, the media asked Surveillance Officer Lorna Perez to comment on the issue of nurses taking part in a go-slow and what that means for the service to COVID-19 patients.

 

Lorna Perez, Surveillance Officer, Ministry of Health & Wellness

“Most of the activities, COVID-related activities, where nurses are involved is really in the direct care and management of hospitalized patients. Most of the surveillance activities are really done by field officers, mainly our public health inspectors and contact tracers that we have been training in doing these activities. So the flu clinic, as I said, remains open, I think in all facilities. I can see a problem if we start seeing hospitalization of cases.  If we have an increase in that number, then maybe that would affect it. But I am not sure about that. But currently most of our surveillance activities are not really inclusive of nurses. We have a few nurses that do help us with swabbing when we go out in the communities or when we do that type of targeting testing, but like I said, we haven’t been doing much of that.”


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