AntwerpThe various Antwerp hospitals have made a joint statement to the population in an open letter. In it, the hospitals insist that everyone adhere to the applicable rules to contain the corona virus. “Our nurses and doctors and all care staff have thrown themselves fully into the relief of the first wave. Today they are again committed at risk to their own health. Not yet or barely recovered, they are now fighting another wave, the impact of which may be even greater than the previous one, ”it sounds.
“The corona virus is spreading at an express train pace. This again caused a significant increase in both infections and admissions to our hospitals and to our intensive care services. As always, we are ready to receive our sick fellow citizens. We also receive patients from other, more severely affected regions where the maximum hospital capacity has already been reached. Above all, we want and must continue to treat patients with other conditions – which cannot be delayed – in order not to suffer human losses on this front, ”says the open letter from Antwerp hospitals ZNA, GZA, UZA, AZ Klina, AZ Malle, AZ Monica and AZ Rivierenland.
They come out with a joint statement and address the people from Antwerp and ask the hospitals to follow up the measures taken by the government. “As those responsible for the Antwerp hospitals, we do everything we can to support and motivate our employees. This can only succeed if everyone contributes by fully respecting the known measures of the government. ”
How long can we keep going?
“Our nurses and doctors and all care staff have thrown themselves fully into the relief of the first wave. Today they are again committed at risk to their own health. Not yet or barely recovered, they are now fighting another wave, the impact of which may be even greater than the previous one ”, it sounds. “The question is: how long can we still do this? With this rate of spread, the limit of what we as staff and hospitals can handle is in sight. It will be a matter of days before we surpass the peak of the first wave. All forecasts for over two weeks point to a doubling of the number of covid patients in hospitals. ”
The hospitals point to the big difference with the previous corona wave in April. “In the first wave, the government had shut down the other concerns, and there were usually enough people available. To help our current patients, we have had to shut down nearly all non-emergency care with heart pains. We are forced to postpone patients who have been waiting patiently for some time for an examination or treatment to a later date. ”
Anyone who does not follow the rules is a threat to others
“That is why it is vital that we now all together build a barrier against the virus. This is the only way to avoid that all hospitals will soon be unable to receive anyone. It should be crystal clear to everyone that the choices we make are not only of vital importance to ourselves. What you do also determines the chances of others. Anyone who does not adhere to the measures regarding physical distance and the limitation of contacts to an absolute minimum, is a threat to many fellow human beings. ”
“We ask that you do this not only for yourself, but also for your loved ones, your friends, your neighbors and our nurses and doctors. Only together can we contain the virus and our healthcare – that is, all of us – survive. Therefore, we urge you to follow the rules strictly and support each other in this difficult period. For our part, we do everything we can to continue to provide the best care for our sick fellow citizens. ”
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