A soldier gives a cry from the heart for the army to be called upon to contribute to the war effort against COVID-19 during the second wave of the epidemic.
“As long as going to help countries outside, it is sure that the guys prefer to go and help our world,” launches the soldier in an interview, who requested anonymity.
In the spring, the Canadian Armed Forces were called in by the Legault government to help out in the CHSLDs, hard hit by COVID-19. Staff to care for vulnerable elderly people were sorely lacking.
As several hospitals approach breaking point and Quebec may have to make heartbreaking choices for the treatment of patients in intensive care units, the soldier would like to serve.
“It’s still a major crisis that we are currently experiencing, if the guys can go and help and lighten the work, the burden on nurses, attendants or others, that can always help! “
He is convinced that he and his comrades in arms could give a boost in several areas, whether it is for vaccination, screening, tracing infections, not to mention soldiers who have had health training. “We can do anything,” he insists.
460 doctors and nurses
At the federal Department of Defense, it is specified that the Canadian Armed Forces employ approximately 2,600 health professionals, including approximately 460 doctors and nurses.
The spokesperson nevertheless indicates that these figures do not mean that these 460 workers could intervene tomorrow morning in CHSLDs or health establishments in Quebec.
“The number and type of resources may fluctuate depending on the needs of the provincial government described in the request for assistance. For example, the federal response to certain situations might include assisting the Red Cross or the Canadian military, or sending federal aid, or a combination of certain elements. “
But for the moment, Quebec does not plan to call on the army to help in hospitals or elsewhere, indicated Thursday the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé.
“We will always take the federal help offered to us,” he insisted. But if there is one place where the federal government can continue to help us, it is particularly with the Red Cross, much more than with the army. “
The soldier is aware that governments are reluctant to resort to the military since it is often perceived as a failure of the authorities. Nevertheless, he firmly believes that Quebec would benefit from using this trained and available workforce.