Medics need society's support, says Latvia's EMS

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Medics are facing burnout as the amount of work grows, so there is need for public support at this time, Liene Cipule, head of the Emergency Medical Service (NMPD), said in an interview to Latvian Radio October 19.

She said that because of the spread of COVID-19, paramedics and other medical workers are tired. With the increase in infection rates, medics have to brace themselves for work with no certainty how long it will last. It is increasingly difficult for medics to find motivation.

So Cipule expects more support from the public in appreciating medical work and using protective gear without discussion.

The amount of medical work will increase significantly if the public fails to comply with the precautionary measures and there is a large outbreak of COVID-19.

The head of NMPD said that as COVID-19 increases, hospital arrangements have been changed and large hospitals do not currently take in patients with chronic diseases, as patients with COVID-19 and other acute diseases go there. Chronic patients go to regional hospitals.

Currently, the hospitals are not overcrowded, but the highest load is for Rīga Austrumu Hospital, where all COVID-19 patients arrive, Cipule added.

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