Health Professionals Ban the Red Button Campaign: Strict Protocols Don’t Exist

According to the registry of the Superintendency of Labor Risks, in the country there are 105 thousand formal employees with Covid-19, of which 27 percent are workers Of the health. For Jorge Kohen, a doctor and researcher at the National University of Rosario (UNR), these numbers show that “the protocols strict do not exist and do not prevent contagion “. With this and other arguments, health professionals joined the campaign “Red button now to save thousands of lives” that calls for stricter measures to flatten the contagion curve of coronavirus that grows vertiginously in many cities in the interior of the country, among them Rosario. As she warns, the appeal to individual care “did not give the expected results.”

The “Red Button” campaign takes the words of President Alberto Fernández when he assured that he will not lose the effort made so far to avoid a health crisis and warned that “the red button is always at hand because health is the most important thing “.

The initiative is promoted by teachers and directors of the master’s degree in Public Health of the Juan Lazarte Institute, where most of the professionals who today make up the health teams of the municipality and the province were trained. And it was launched in the same week that both the national government and the province They have to define how the quarantine will continue and, in the case of Santa Fe, if new activities are enabled commercial, such as the opening of non-essential shops, gastronomy or gyms, to give a few examples, or recreational outings.

Kohen created a specialization degree in occupational medicine at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the UNR, a researcher at CIUNR and a professor at the faculties of Medicine and Psychology. As he warns, the accelerated growth of confirmed cases of Covid-19 that is registered in Rosario is a palpable sign that the strategies to contain infections based on individual care “have not yielded any positive results.”

As the statistics of the Superintendency of Labor Risks indicate, it highlights, in the country there are 105 thousand infected workers, and the number would be higher if it considered workers who are not included in the formal system. “There is no economic reactivation with sick workers. And much less if those workers are health workers ”, he highlights.

Considering the informal sector, of the almost 600 thousand people infected in the country, he points out, “two thirds are workers”, which shows that the protocols for the operation of different activities are not infallible. “Strict protocols do not exist and they do not prevent infections. Only in the last week, Rosario went from 6 thousand cases to 10 thousand, the province from 12 thousand to 21,500 yesterday. The health system is totally collapsed with more than 90 percent of critical beds occupied. The situation is extremely critical ”, he remarks.

Instruments too “porous”

As described in the protocols developed for the operation of the different activities in the province, they have proven to be “porous” instruments through which “breaches are filtered.”

And he points out that this happens not because of lack of will, but because of the same logic of construction of these tools that it does not address the gap between “prescribed work and actual work”.

“There are several reasons that make protocols porous. One has to do with the lack of participation of workers in its realization, that is a key point. But there are also different reasons that make the protocols ineffective, for example the unbridgeable distance that exists between the indications to avoid contagion and the reality of each workplace, where, for example, the spaces do not allow a separation of two meters ”, Explain.

But also, he points out, “there is a mechanism in workers, especially in doctors, of denial of risk that allows them to continue developing their work and caring for patients. That translates into high mental exhaustion and great stress that these workers have at this time, “he says.

And he insists again that “obviously”, the protocols are not enough to reduce infections. “We are at a critical moment of the pandemic in the country and the province, at a time when infections and deaths are on an uncontrolled rise. Strict protocols do not exist, they are very permeable, other strict isolation measures are needed ”, he concludes

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