Manitoba NDP leader Wab Kinew is urging Manitobans – and a friend at the hospital – not to give up in the face of a growing version of Omicron.
After speaking about the need to support child care centers, he told reporters on Friday, “I heard the prime minister this week saying Manitobans have to take care of themselves.”
“The Manitoba I know is one where Manitobans don’t just take care of themselves. They care for each other, and that’s what Manitobans have been doing for this whole pandemic.
“There’s no point in giving up right now because the finish line is in sight.”
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Keanu on Wednesday dismissed Premier Heather Stephenson’s comments as public health acknowledged Manitoba, the rapidly spreading COVID-19 variant, has no choice but to shift its approach to the virus to reduce risk Is.
Stephenson had suggested that it is the public – not the government – that is responsible for slowing the spread of COVID-19.
“This virus is running through our entire community and it is up to Manitobans to take care of themselves,” the premier said at the time.
At a news conference on Thursday, Manitoba’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin said that at times the province’s new approach to tackling the pandemic does not equate to giving up.
However, the NDP leader took Stephenson’s comments to abdicate the government’s responsibilities.
“My message to Manitobans is still what matters what we do,” he said on Friday. “It still matters whether we can help people like our friend get more care from a nurse at the bedside.”
Keanyu asked to fight with hospitalized friend
Despite following public health advice and getting vaccinated, Keanu tears up his eyes as he talks about a friend fighting for his life in the ICU.
“The day he got out – he took the ventilator out of him – he was sent to a hospital hundreds of kilometers from the health science centre. He is still fighting for his life.”
Earlier this week, Shared Health said since October 175 stable patients had been transferred from one regional health authority to another to make room for hospitals.
Keanu said individual Manitobans have not stopped following public health orders, getting vaccinated and wearing masks.
He sent the same message to his “dear friend in the hospital bed.”
“You probably still can’t figure it out, but please don’t give up. We haven’t abandoned you,” said Keanyu, her voice staggering.
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Manitoba politicians have drawn attention in the past for making a passionate plea.
Former Prime Minister Brian Pallister was praised internationally for his emotional speech, in which he called himself the Grinch who stole Christmas to limit the size of the holiday.
On Friday, the governing Tories responded to allegations that they have surrendered to the Omicron version, saying they are working with Manitobans through the pandemic.
“As public health officials have emphasized, we must adapt our response as the virus itself mutates. Given that the omicron variant is highly transmissible and has a short incubation period, we need to reduce its spread and improve our health system.” As such, restrictions to limit the size of the gathering and various indoor settings where the risk of transmission is high,” Premier’s office said in a statement.
Accelerating foreign nurse accreditation
In another development, NDP’s Malaya Marcelino had harsh words for the government. It said on Wednesday that if the accreditation process is expedited it could find 90 internationally educated nurses (IENs) working in Manitoba hospitals in the coming weeks, yet it has failed to meet a licensing body that can help.
The College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba told CBC News that it has not been able to hold a meeting to discuss the initiative, as the province last July sought funding to help these health care workers obtain the necessary certification. was announced.
“I personally know that IEN advocates have been reaching out to speak to members of the government with no success, but I never thought nursing colleges would be in the same boat.”
The government did not respond to a question as to why the meeting had not been held.
The government said that about 1,360 internationally educated nurses have met basic eligibility criteria to work in the province.
But the college said it knows of only seven applicants who meet provincial requirements, and 48 applicants are currently in various stages of registration.
The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba did not provide figures.