2. NEED TO INCREASE TESTING CAPACITY
- A classic example of too little, too late
- Don't rely on PCR for mass testing
- Lockdown is only a temporary measure: MUST strengthen other measures.
3. BOOST UP HEALTH RESOURCES ASAP
- Channel majority 💸 to hospitals, staffing & equipment. Skim on other areas that can be salvaged later when this pandemic is controlled.
- If health resources crash,
NO MONEY can save us.
- Divert other sectors' staffing to HEALTH sector
🚨Use RTK to ramp up mass testing
🚨Boost staffs & increase efficacy at vaccination sites
🚨Share data on side effects of vaccines openly: transparency
🚨Non-essential services: Work from Home
🚨Lead by example
"We need to stop depending on the slow reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests but use rapid antigen testing (RTK-Ag) of people with or without Covid-19 symptoms. RTK-Ag may have a lower accuracy but make up in speed and impact."
" It does not make sense to keep vaccination centres open all the time and fatigue our health staff. It would be advisable to use up all available vaccines as quickly as possible by boosting staffing and efficiency at all vaccination sites; and then wait for fresh supply."
"vaccinating 100,000 people ages 80 and older in an area with high infection rates—886 infections per 100,000 people per month, the level seen in Europe in January—would prevent 1239 hospitalizations and 733 deaths over a period of just 4 months (see tables, below). "
"By contrast, vaccinating 100,000 people age 20 to 29 would lead, on average, to 1.9 cases of the blood clotting disorder. But it would not prevent any deaths from COVID-19, although it would prevent 64 hospitalizations in an area with high infection rates."
Let’s take a doctor who does screening - 1 set of PPE (mask, face shield, head cover, isolation gown, plastic apron, shoe cover) can last him for 4 hours - afterwards he needs to rest & change (all drenched in sweat).
8h shift = 2 sets PPE
That is 1 doctor.
If a team - mass screening
Average of 10 person/team
20 sets PPE per 8hours at 1 site
We have ~>100 screening sites.
And 34 hospitals managing SARI & #COVID19 -
they have multiple departments/wards required to wear PPE during rounds/procedures
Can u imagine?
The maths on the number of PPE worn per day for whole 🇲🇾 is mind-blowing.
But that’s what is required for the protection of HCW so that our health system won’t crash.
If multiple HCW gets infected due to not having adequate PPE;
manpower will be down.
Healthcare will collapse.