Sunday, October 24, 2021

Canadian military nurses sent to Alberta to help fight COVID-19

The Canadian Armed Forces is providing assistance to Alberta hospitals by sending eight critical care nurses to the province’s intensive care units.

Public Safety Canada said in a release that Alberta had called for “additional medical personnel needed to combat the fourth wave of COVID-19 across the province.”

A military team was expected to arrive on October 4 to decide where to deploy the critical care nurses.

The Canadian Red Cross is also preparing to send 20 medical professionals, some with intensive care unit experience, to relieve medical workers working in Alberta hospitals.

Hospitals in the province have been struggling to accommodate an influx of new COVID-19 patients in recent weeks. Alberta Health Services reported 263 COVID-19 patients in intensive care on October 4, representing a slight decline in the number of critically ill patients from the previous week.

The Canadian government said in a news release that the Red Cross is working closely with Alberta Health Services to finalize a plan to deploy medical personnel to areas of greatest need.

“The Red Cross is ready and well positioned to provide assistance with medical personnel. During the pandemic, the Red Cross has sent specialists to intensive care units in hospitals, supported public health units with vaccinations, and provided comfort and care to travelers in need of isolation,” said Canadian Red Cross President and CEO Conrad Sauve said. release.

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Newfoundland and Labrador is also sending a medical team of five or six intensive care workers to Fort McMurray in northern Alberta to help.

“I know Alberta health workers will be grateful for the help and all Alberta is grateful for any assistance during this challenging time,” Kenny said at a news conference on September 30.

Kenny also said last week that logistical support from Edmonton, the Red Cross to Red Deer Regional Hospital and a Newfoundland team are likely to be deployed to Fort McMurray.

Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said in a news release that members of the Canadian Armed Forces will use their experience, particularly from Operation Ledger, to aid Albertans through the pandemic. Operation LASER is the Canadian Armed Forces’ response to COVID-19.

Sajjan said that since the start of the pandemic, the military has responded to more than 65 requests for aid from provincial or federal partners.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government Operations Center has administered more than 130 requests for assistance from federal, provincial and regional partners, according to Public Safety Canada.

With files from the Canadian Press

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Andrew is a reporter based in Toronto.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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