There are already at least 30 technicians from the National Institute of Medical Emergency (INEM) who are infected with Covid-19.
The complaint comes from the Pre-Hospital Emergency Technicians Union (STEPH), which cites the monthly Covid report, by INEM itself, released this Tuesday.
The president of this union, Rui Lázaro, in statements to Renaissance, states that the number of isolations “is higher and will be around 50, but there are still no certain data”.
The leader recognizes that this situation is conditioning the aid, since the number of cases of infection further aggravates the lack of resources at INEM.
“The absence of INEM technicians across the country has been reported to us on a regular basis. This situation led to the closure, at the beginning of last month, for 15 days, of the ambulance in Portimão and an outbreak in Lisbon has yet to be resolved, which led to several professionals and close contacts remaining in isolation”, he assures.
“This is conditioning the aid on a shortage of technicians, which is already serious even before the pandemic”, explains the president of the Pre-Hospital Emergency Technicians Union, stating that “there are already vehicles stopped daily due to lack of workers”, and “for each positive case or for each case of isolation, the number of days and shifts in which the media will be stopped increases”.
The official insists on criticizing the direction of INEM for, allegedly, “not complying with the norms of the General Directorate of Health in relation to testing”.
“INEM workers who do not have a complete vaccination plan should be being tested every seven, or every 14 days, but they have never been tested. We are the ones who carry out the tests on our own, when we have to go to a home or to a football game. INEM only tests those who have symptoms. We are waiting for an explanation from the tutelage on this”, he concludes.
Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.
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