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New mechanism to reduce workload for some nurses

‘Shift’ of 10 nurses will be reduced to only five: Al-Enezi

KUWAIT CITY, May 5: Board Chairman of Kuwait Nurses Association Bandar Al-Enezi Tuesday announced a new mechanism to reduce the workload of some nursing cadres amid plans to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), especially among nurses living with their families.

In an exclusive interview, Al-Enezi indicated the association is currently coordinating with the nursing administration and the Ministry of Health to reduce the workload among nurses by half where a “shift” of 10 nurses will be reduced to only five – in a bid to preserve their energy.

Parallel
“There is a parallel plan to house nurses working for the ministry in private accommodations away from their families until the crisis ends or at least the rate of infection through contact reduces,” he stressed, saying the issue is being fast tracked through discussions with the ministry undersecretary in order to study and choose appropriate accommodations for them.

Al-Enezi attributed the rate of infection among the health workers in general and nurses in particular to errors and lack of commitment to the decisions taken in this regard, causing an increase in the number of infection.

“Whenever a Covid-19 case is confirmed in a ward and medical teams request survey test, such requests are rejected, claiming that such tests are only done when symptoms of the infection appear thus raising the risk of medical teams infecting other patients and their own families before they even realize it,” he noted.

He pointed to many casualties among the medical and nursing cadres, saying: “In Mubarak Al- Kabeer Hospital, two complete wards of patients, doctors and a nursing team have been referred to Jaber Hospital for treatment, while in Sabah Hospital, many infections have been recorded due to failure to implement decisions and ignoring preventive guidelines of wearing face mask and gloves at all times.”

Al-Anzi reiterated that “there is a clear protocol but it is not being implemented”. He also explained the current crisis must be accompanied by ideas and plans that are easy to implement on the ground to avoid the spread of the disease. In this regard, the ministry called for some officials in the public health department to be changed, and replace them with qualified personnel with tangible plans and programs.

He also called on nurses to adhere to wearing the complete preventive gear without paying attention to anyone who prevents them from wearing them. Currently, more than 90 nurses have been affected, and most of them are from Sabah Health Area.

Al-Enezi pointed out that despite the infection of nurses, the situation remains good without a shortage of staff.

However, any increase in infection rate will constitute a burden on the nurses working in various sectors, especially with the establishment of new hospitals, quarantines and hotels where nurses are assigned to perform their duties.

With regard to the Filipina nurse who died from coronavirus, Al-Enezi said “Underestimation of what she was going through by one of the nurses had caused her death after contracting the coronavirus, and this cannot be tolerated,” affirming “it is sad that one of the nurses had to die in this manner due to what he described as ‘medical negligence and a lack of protection’, so I have asked the undersecretary of the Ministry of Health to open a comprehensive investigation into all concerned parties to determine the circumstance surrounding the horrific incident.” Al-Enezi is positive that the perpetrator will be dismissed or referred to the public prosecution, stressing he will not be silent on this matter

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