Health care a concern this holiday season

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This article was published 11/12/2020 (660 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

I know this holiday season will be a difficult one for many. Please know that the sacrifices we are making, particularly staying home, are having an impact on our health-care system to ensure that we have capacity for all Manitobans when they need care the most.
Health care services for residents of Transcona and northeast Winnipeg remain a deep concern. The Pallister government isn’t satisfied with closing the ERs at Concordia and Seven Oaks hospitals, so it has also shuttered CancerCare centres at the same hospitals.  Furthermore, with virtually no notice to our community, it closed our community IV clinic at Access Transcona.
The community IV clinic provided antibiotic therapy for patients who have infections or require more care but are well enough to be discharged from hospital. Treating people in the community keeps them out of hospital and allows them to have more comfortable experiences close to home. Avoiding unnecessary hospital visits is especially important during a pandemic. The government’s cuts demonstrate that the premier and his government think money is more important than health care for Transcona families. 
I am especially concerned about Transcona residents living in personal care homes such as Park Manor right now. 
A COVID-19 outbreak was declared at Park Manor on Nov. 5 and as of Dec. 8, nearly 80 per cent of residents had tested positive and over 10 per cent had died. One of the reasons the virus was able to spread so quickly is that the many residents live in four-person rooms. This overcrowding of rooms could have been prevented had the government built the beds it promised in 2016 — yet a shovel still hasn’t hit the ground to date. Staff were also not able to wear N-95 masks until the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority fitted them on Nov. 25, nearly three weeks after the outbreak was declared. 
Another area of concern is the safety of our schools during this pandemic. COVID-19 testing in Toronto schools has indicated that children are asymptomatic spreaders of the virus. We should be doing similar testing, even in just a small number of schools, to determine if this is this case in Manitoba. Teachers and educational staff continue to tell us what they need — but the government just won’t listen. We need to immediately ensure physical distancing, adequate PPE, and enough human resources to meet the challenges this pandemic has forced upon our schools.  
I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. If you would like to reach out to me, I may be contacted by email at nello.altomare@yourmanitoba.ca or by phone at 204 594 2025. 

I know this holiday season will be a difficult one for many. Please know that the sacrifices we are making, particularly staying home, are having an impact on our health-care system to ensure that we have capacity for all Manitobans when they need care the most.

Health care services for residents of Transcona and northeast Winnipeg remain a deep concern. The Pallister government isn’t satisfied with closing the ERs at Concordia and Seven Oaks hospitals, so it has also shuttered CancerCare centres at the same hospitals.  Furthermore, with virtually no notice to our community, it closed our community IV clinic at Access Transcona.

The community IV clinic provided antibiotic therapy for patients who have infections or require more care but are well enough to be discharged from hospital. Treating people in the community keeps them out of hospital and allows them to have more comfortable experiences close to home. Avoiding unnecessary hospital visits is especially important during a pandemic. The government’s cuts demonstrate that the premier and his government think money is more important than health care for Transcona families. 

I am especially concerned about Transcona residents living in personal care homes such as Park Manor right now. 

A COVID-19 outbreak was declared at Park Manor on Nov. 5 and as of Dec. 8, nearly 80 per cent of residents had tested positive and over 10 per cent had died. One of the reasons the virus was able to spread so quickly is that the many residents live in four-person rooms. This overcrowding of rooms could have been prevented had the government built the beds it promised in 2016 — yet a shovel still hasn’t hit the ground to date. Staff were also not able to wear N-95 masks until the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority fitted them on Nov. 25, nearly three weeks after the outbreak was declared. 

Another area of concern is the safety of our schools during this pandemic. COVID-19 testing in Toronto schools has indicated that children are asymptomatic spreaders of the virus. We should be doing similar testing, even in just a small number of schools, to determine if this is this case in Manitoba. Teachers and educational staff continue to tell us what they need — but the government just won’t listen. We need to immediately ensure physical distancing, adequate PPE, and enough human resources to meet the challenges this pandemic has forced upon our schools.  

I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. If you would like to reach out to me, I may be contacted by email at nello.altomare@yourmanitoba.ca or by phone at 204 594 2025. 

Nello Altomare

Nello Altomare
Transcona constituency report

Nello Altomare is the NDP MLA for Transcona.

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