The head of the department of the Intensive Care Unit of the Donostia Hospital, Felix zubia, today took advantage of his weekly intervention in the program Health House of Euskadi irratia to put aside “the dichotomy between vaccinated and unvaccinated” and put the focus on two specially hit sectors at this point in the pandemic: children and primary care.
“310 classrooms in the Southern Basque Country are closed. We have 7,000 children confined to home. The incidence among them is almost three times that among adults and among children, almost 2% has already been infected. This means that soon there will be a positive in all classrooms and with the measures or conditions that we have, it will not be possible to teach normally and schools will have to be closed again “, he has reflected, to predict that” I believe that we are already at the gates of that situation, because the transmission is enormous and adults do not want to take action“.
Zubia has predicted what will happen in the coming weeks: “I wish I screwed up, and if that were the case, I would apologize right here, but soon the children will be out of class, but there will be a party in the street; we will have the bars open and the operating rooms closed; the elderly dying and we partying“.” It causes me enormous sadness, disappointment and anger. This defines what Basque society is like. When a stone is thrown down a slope it is very difficult to stop it once it rolls. “
For this reason, he has both urged the Administration to adopt “universal and tougher measures for all“and to the citizens to comply with the prevention measures:” please, let’s monitor the ventilation, let’s not get into crowds and put aside work dinners, meals with friends and I don’t know how many other meetings. “
“Primary Care cannot do a weekly follow-up of 14,000 cases”
The intensive care doctor has denounced that “our colleagues in Primary Care are busted” with the incidence level what is there at the moment: “Many people think they can do whatever they want to be vaccinated and no, it does not matter if we even have the third dose, because transmission can occur. That is why we need measures for everyone, because the situation is very serious. It is true that thanks to the vaccine, incomes and deaths are falling, but proportionally to the old waves. If the cases continue to grow, the percentages will be met, hospitals will be refilled and surgical activity will cease, and we are on the verge of it“.
“If there are 2,000 daily positives in Hego Euskal Herria, there are 14,000 cases a week. How are they going to do control, isolation, follow-up, tracking …? It is impossible to work in Primary Care. There are many illnesses and diseases that are not covid-19 and the care of those patients will be irretrievably affected. “
“What is happening is a failure of the whole society and I see neither conscience, nor intention, nor desire“, he said, perceptibly angry:” It makes me very sad to fall for the sixth time in the same place and do nothing with the excuse of fatigue. Imagine how we, the toilets, are. What if we decided to do nothing with the excuse of fatigue? It would be unacceptable, right? I ask everyone the same level of responsibility that is asked of us health workers, “he concluded.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.