NDP: Prince Albert health system buckling under pressure of 4th wave

PRINCE ALBERT - Today, Leader of the Official Opposition Ryan Meili visited Prince Albert to meet with health workers and community leaders about the COVID-19 pressure pushing the region’s health system to the brink. He also called for the Premier and Health Minister to urgently request military and other help from the federal government to support hospitals before it is too late.

“There has been a lot of attention paid to the extreme pressures on our hospitals in Regina and Saskatoon, but as the gateway to the North, Prince Albert’s hospital and health workers are also buckling under the mounting pressure,” said Meili. “In recent weeks we have heard tragic stories of infants being hospitalized with COVID-19 and resources for premature babies being diverted for COVID care. It didn’t have to come to this.” 

Today, the province reported record hospitalization and intensive care admissions. Prince Albert continues to see significant rates of transmission in schools. Prince Albert’s Medical Health Officer Dr. Khami Chokani described the situation in the community in no uncertain terms: “We are really under imminent threat. Our system may not make it through.”

“Scott Moe is taking the people of Prince Albert for granted while our healthcare system is on the brink of collapse as a result of his choice to take the summer off and ignore the signs of the pandemic’s fourth wave. The people of Prince Albert deserve better.”

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