The canadian armed Forces have started to put an end to their presence in nearly a dozen of establishments of long-term care in the montreal region.
As of the date of Wednesday, troops were still deployed in 19 institutions out of a total of 28 who received help at one time or another of the crisis, in the region of Montréal and Montérégie, mainly, has confirmed to the Newspaper a spokesperson for the canadian armed Forces (CAF).
The Sainte-Anne Hospital, to the west of the metropolis, has been the first place where the military has packed up and left, the 17th of may last. Since then, eight other homes were added to the list of NURSING homes where military assistance was no longer required.
The decision to put an end to the presence of the soldiers is taken by mutual agreement with the managers of the centres, and according to specific criteria, provides information to the staff, Caroline Cameron.
“It ensures that the rate of COVID has decreased, and that there is a stability at the level of the outbreak, that the people who are there are stable and that there was a decrease of the tasks assigned to our military personnel “, she explains.
Since mid-April, 1350 military personnel have been deployed in Quebec, of which 1050 directly into NURSING homes.
“We can’t talk about demobilization, for the moment, since none of them have yet returned home,” says the officer in public affairs for the army, Éliane Trahan. “Several are now in administrative segregation and will be ready to go elsewhere in need. “
Recall that the government Legault always tries to convince Ottawa to extend until September the mission to support the CAF in NURSING homes ; and, what the canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, is the opposite. For the moment, the federal government is committed until June 12.
In the 15 NURSING homes that she was responsible for overseeing personally, the situation has “greatly improved,” says major Cameron, trained as a nurse based at Valcartier, near Quebec city.
“There really was a crying need for staff,” explains the captain Valérie Coulombe, an army nurse who has been working since the 1st of may to the CHSLD Vigi Queen Elizabeth.
In this building, Montreal, “there was no more than 50 % of the nurses and about 30 % of the orderlies,” she said.
After the arrival of the military, “it was the day and the night, we can now offer all the comprehensive care,” she continued.
Even if all residents have not been able to be saved, the captain Coulombe believes that the military assistance ” had a positive effect on the life of the people “, in addition to provide them with more dignity.