INTERVIEW: Babiš’s government underestimated vaccination with a third dose in the summer. The hospitals are overcrowded and the staff is at the limit, says Němeček

In the Bohumín City Hospital, which he runs, he has already had to order the construction of covid wards, which were built internally and in gynecology. The Chairman of the Board of Directors, Svatopluk Němeček, notices how difficult it is for the medical staff to bear the renewed onslaught. “He has been slowly on the limit for two years now and his exhaustion is still growing. In addition, we are beginning to struggle with the absence of doctors and nurses who remain at home with the quarantined children. That is why the atmosphere in our hospital is not ideal, “admits the former Minister of Health. The former district health council in Karviná would order official mandatory vaccinations when looking at the filling hospitals. “Few people realize that compulsory vaccination already exists here. After all, the government is already pushing people into it. Without it, they won’t get anywhere when the tests are no longer recognized, so you can’t talk about any voluntariness. It would be fairer and fairer to tell citizens plainly how things really are. We need to find courage and tell people the truth. ”An internist would also be in favor of a momentary lockdown. “He would be medically fit. I know the nation is allergic to it. But why, because the government introduced it for a long time in the past, nothing happened, it could not explain it and the situation did not improve. In Austria, however, they reached the conclusion because the situation is dramatic. “

The former director of the University Hospital Ostrava does not understand doctors who refuse vaccination against covid-19. “When a doctor goes to the hospital, he must be vaccinated against hepatitis B and given an injection against tetanus. And no one protests. ”A graduate of the Medical Faculty of Palacký University in Olomouc disagrees with the statement of Police President Jan Švejdar, who stated that if there were compulsory vaccination, ten thousand police officers would leave the corps. “I do not believe that such a strong outflow would occur. Police officers currently have above-standard earnings, which they undoubtedly deserve for their demanding service, and there is also service in the game. ”ODS doctor and MP MP Zdenka Němečková “Mr. Janeček always catches on topics that resonate in the media. That is why his statement does not surprise me, he is not a moral authority for me, “says Svatopluk Němeček in an interview with EuroZprávy.cz, who advises the candidate for the post of Minister of Health Vlastimil Válek to involve sociologists in his team.

WAR SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID OF POPULAR STEPS

Dr. Němeček, what is the current covid situation at the Bohumín City Hospital, which you manage? Let me just remind you that almost on Tuesday, almost a record 26,000 patients became infected with coronavirus, which is a record increase since the outbreak of the pandemic.

The Bohumín hospital has been filling with infections for fourteen days now. Our medical facility is smaller in terms of capacity, but we have still seen some increase in the last fortnight. We have eighty beds and we have already had to block twenty beds for patients with infection. We therefore had to build covid wards, which were built internally and in gynecology. Of course, people don’t stop having heart problems all of a sudden, so we use surgery for common internal cases. The onslaught is hard on the medical staff. He has been slowly on the limit for two years now and his exhaustion is growing. The atmosphere in our hospital is not ideal. However, I think that a similar situation regarding congestion prevails in other hospitals in the Moravian-Silesian region.

The director of the hospital in Uherské Hradiště, Petr Sládek, called on other facilities to help them due to a lack of staff, as the situation in the Zlín Region is critical. Are you thinking of sending some doctors and nurses from Bohumín to help your colleagues?

Unfortunately, we cannot hear the request of Director Sládek, we ourselves are on the verge of staff capacity. In addition, we are beginning to struggle with the absence of doctors and nurses who remain at home with the quarantined children. I am very worried that the dramatic situation from Moravia will soon move to the Czech Republic, so there will be no staff surplus anywhere.

In previous waves, volunteers helped in hospitals. Is he still reporting to you?

Yes, I am very glad that a number of volunteers responded to our call posted on the hospital Facebook a fortnight ago. I really appreciate their help, but we can use their support at the level of a paramedic. Professional positions are not strengthened, we would need a lot of specialists for him. But I repeat, I thank the volunteers a lot and their willingness and enthusiasm impresses us. We welcome every strength.

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Can you predict what the situation in hospitals will soon look like when the infections are record-breaking?

The current situation makes me very upset. Whenever the numbers increase, the hospitals are very full within a fortnight and may be overwhelmed. Although we constantly hear how robust our healthcare system is, it can’t handle everything indefinitely. Nevertheless, anyone infected who will need to be hospitalized will receive care, but unfortunately this will be at the expense of patients with other diseases. It bothers me a lot that covid-19, for example, fails to diagnose cancer patients in time.

Mathematicians and analysts have calculated that up to two hundred patients can die of covid-19 every day. Are their calculations really realistic?

I am afraid so. This is an insanely high, disturbing number. We have all found out that coronavirus is not a force majeure with which nothing can be done and the only way is vaccination. The current Ministry of Health has not managed the situation again, it occurs to me that it continues in its chaos. At the same time, if two hundred people died on the roads every day, I am sure that such disturbing statistics would be fought, for example by warning spots. I have a feeling that the growing casualties on the covid-19 cabinet are not being addressed systematically by the old cabinet.

Was the current dramatic situation on the part of the ending government of Andrej Babiš somehow prevented?

Certainly. I believe that the re-flooding of medical facilities and the record increase in people infected with covid-19 is due to the laxity of the old Babiš government, which was to initiate in the summer to vaccinate as many people as possible with the third dose. Christmas is coming and we are in a similar situation as last year. The cabinet is making mistakes again and its steps are already depressing and tiring. Above all, the Ministry of Health is confusing again. He first wants the children to be tested in schools, then he finds out that there is a lack of antigenic tests. No one has learned from previous mistakes.

As a former Minister of Health from Sobotka’s cabinet, I will ask you what you think Vlastimil Válek (TOP 09), the candidate for the head of the ministry, should do?

If he is appointed, then I absolutely do not envy his role. The situation is like on a roller coaster and it is starting to be extremely dramatic. Therefore, first of all, I would recommend Professor Válek to determine the primary things that cannot be postponed, and move the others to the medium-term time horizon. It is not possible to solve everything at once. I have no doubt that he will put together a quality team full of doctors and epidemiologists. I would personally add sociologists to it. The Ministry of Health is becoming a completely strategic ministry for the whole country. The pandemic not only has health implications, so the involvement of sociologists would certainly not be misguided. I would like the professor to be brave and not afraid of unpopular steps.

LOCKDOWN WOULD BE IN PLACE, PEOPLE ARE ALLERGIC TO IT

By unpopular steps do you mean, for example, the introduction of a lockdown? Would you be for him?

From a medical point of view, it would be appropriate. I know the nation is allergic to it. But why, because the government introduced it in the past for a long time, nothing happened, it could not explain it and the situation did not improve. In Austria, however, they reached the conclusion because the situation is dramatic. You know, politics is a craft that comes with unpopular moves, but they pay off. Many politicians lack the courage to make strong decisions. They are afraid of public opinion and stop defending their relevant views. Personally, I would be in favor of mandatory vaccinations.

Although I’m a fan of vaccination, I can’t imagine how to make mandatory vaccination a reality. It occurs to me that police officers with hygienists will chase every opponent in the streets and when they catch him, they forcibly apply the substance…

The idea you mentioned is very exaggerated and especially unrealistic. But few realize that, in a way, compulsory vaccination already exists here. After all, the government is already pushing people into it. Without it, they will get nowhere when the tests are no longer recognized, so it is no longer possible to talk about any voluntariness. It would be fairer and fairer to tell citizens plainly how things really are. So call things by their real names. I repeat that we need to find courage and tell people the truth.

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As a doctor, how do you view some of your colleagues who refuse to be vaccinated and downplayed?

I absolutely do not understand their position and explain the reason. When a doctor goes to the hospital, he must be vaccinated against hepatitis B and given an injection against tetanus. And no one protests, so I don’t understand why some are protesting so vehemently now. At the same time, tetanus only threatens your body, no one else. But the situation is different with covid, you can infect other people with this infection. Above all, the doctor should protect the health and lives of others and lead by example in terms of prevention. Doctors and other health professionals should be required to receive vaccination.

Another group that is considered to be compulsorily vaccinated are police officers. However, their president, Jan Švejdar, stated that if this happened, ten thousand police officers would leave the corps. Do you really think there would be such a big outflow?

I do not believe that such a strong outflow would occur. Police officers currently have above-standard earnings, which they undoubtedly deserve for their demanding service, and in addition, retirement is at stake. I don’t think they sacrificed these bonuses so easily and left the church to get the vaccine. Another situation may arise, for example, with social workers if they have to be vaccinated. It might be easier to leave their positions there.

Professor Vlastimil Válek recently admitted that a fourth dose of vaccination may occur over time. Aren’t you afraid that even the sympathizers with the vaccination will start to rise? Wouldn’t that be too much for some?

Many citizens may not like this approach. But it is necessary to realize that no one had any experience with the covid-19 before it broke out. Therefore, at the beginning of the pandemic, when the infection was fresh, one to two doses were expected to suffice. But then the virus began to mutate. It is possible that we will go to vaccinations twice a year. People won’t be thrilled, but it’s still a better vision than other citizens dying or the health system collapsing.

JANEČEK LIKES TO CATCH TOPICS RESONIZING IN THE MEDIA

On Friday, at the announcement of the Golden Nightingale, the billionaire and organizer of the competition, Karel Janeček, spoke at the gala evening. He criticized the government’s anti-epidemic measures and possible vaccinations of children. The Neuron Endowment Fund, composed of scientists, which Janeček founded in 2010, distanced itself from his statement. What do you say to his rhetoric in retrospect as a doctor?

I did not hear Mr Janeček’s statement live, but I read it on Twitter. I must say that his statement did not surprise me at all. Mr. Janeček always grabs topics that resonate in the media. When Andrej Babiš entered politics, he constantly tended to talk about how corrupt our environment is. It is no moral authority for me.

Your wife is ODS doctor and MP Zdenka Němečková Crkvenjaš, who is known as the head of the doctors who cared for the burned Natália Kudriková from the arson attack in Vítkov in 2009. Are you discussing the current covid situation together?

Of course, and we have exactly the same attitudes to the whole pandemic. I think that all doctors who do not want to exhibit and shock in the media at all costs share the same opinion. And that they prefer vaccinations and encourage consideration towards others.


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