Doctors, nurses demand government fill ‘unacceptable’ gaps in protective gear on front lines

Health care workers conduct testing at a drive-thru COVID-19 assessment centre at the Etobicoke General Hospital in Toronto.
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Date Published: April 7, 2020

Source: CBC

Canadian health care workers are urging federal action to address the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). The president of the Canadian Medical Association, Dr. Sandy Buchman, has said that “asking health care workers to be on the front lines of this pandemic without the proper equipment is unacceptable.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated that there is a global shortage of PPE but that the Canadian government is continuing to work with both traditional and new suppliers. Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam also stated that other measures, such as disinfection of respirator masks for reusability, and designating wards in hospitals for COVID-19 patients, are also being examined as Canada awaits international shipments and increased production of equipment. 

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Summary by: Christina Blagojevic