Alma calls on people to “slow down”

13.01.2022 - 14:44
Mynd: Bragi Valgeirsson / RÚV
The head of the Directorate of Health, Alma Möller, says it is urgent for Icelandic society to slow down. Stronger covid restrictions bring greater security. Restrictions in the first wave of infection clearly showed reductions not only of covid infection, but also of other diseases, as well as fewer accidents—all of which reduced pressure on the healthcare system. She says the situation today is as bad, or worse, than it has ever been during the pandemic.

“It is completely clear that the situation has seldom, if ever, been tougher since the pandemic began and that is of course down to this widespread infection and many patients that need to be taken care of, as well as that so many staff have needed to isolate and quarantine. We have this computer model for hospital admission and luckily, we are following the more optimistic forecast but it is still clear that if admissions increase more it will be an extreme challenge for Landspítali and the whole health system, and there is a great deal being done to meet that challenge.” 

What is happening? What can we do to improve the situation? 

“On the one side, intensive care and inpatient wards at Landspítali are being strengthened, and people are being moved within the hospital, and people are being brought in from other institutions and from the private sector, and shift patterns are being changed, and of course the general healthcare system works as one to help and beds are being opened and multiplied very widely in the system. But it is very clear that this is a great challenge both in the short and the longer term, as various services are of course being postponed where they can. There’s nothing else that can be done in a situation like this.” 

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