Army reports horrific scenes bordering on abuse amid COVID-19 crisis
Ottawa: Conditions in Ontario nursing homes COVID hard-hit by the 19th plague, as described by Canadian soldiers help out there, “very disturbing,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday.
Canadian military deployed troops at the peak of the pandemic in April to five elderly care homes in the province’s most populous nation to fill a severe shortage of staff.
In their report they said they found a blatant disregard for the infection control measures and treatment “terrible” senior verged on rude.
The army said that among other forms of ill-treatment, residents have been “left on the bed in a dirty diaper,” cry for help and assertive eat, causing choking.
“It’s very disturbing,” Trudeau told a daily briefing.
After reading the report, he said: “I have a clear range of emotions of anger, sadness, frustration, sadness.”
“We need to do a better job of supporting our seniors in long term care right across the country, through this pandemic and so on,” he said.
“The greatest generation to see us through World War II. We need to be there to support them right through this global crisis. ”
Military report said that, in an extreme case, the patient is believed to have choked to death while eating lying. Attempts to revive him failed.
Soldiers said they found “a significant fecal contamination in various rooms of patients’ and soiled diapers often causing” damage to the skin. ”
accurate medical chart and the family were given the wrong information.
Coronavirus positive citizens are allowed to roam around the house each treatment, risking infecting others.
Nurses and support workers also observed did not change their masks and other personal protective equipment for several hours as they move between patient rooms.
elderly care homes have accounted for about 80 percent of all COVID 19 deaths in Canada, which topped 6,700 on Tuesday.
Nearly 300 army doctors and nurses were sent to work in the Ontario care homes. Another 1,500 went to homes in Quebec.
A second report was expected Wednesday on conditions at the Quebec facilities.
“It’s gut-wrenching,” said Ontario Premier Doug Ford about what he’d read in the first report, promising a probe into the “broken” elderly care system.
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