More than 200 nurses specializing in community nursing and public health have expressed their willingness to join public health units, because of the covid-19, the Order of Nurses announced today, adding that the list was sent to guardianship.
The list, with the names and contacts of the nurses, resulted from a questionnaire made last week by the Order “with the objective of knowing the sociodemographic and professional characteristics of the specialist nurses”, the entity said in a statement, adding that the list “has already been sent to the Ministry of Health “.
Another survey carried out by the Ordem dos Enfermeiros (OE), also in October, concluded that there are at least 412 unemployed nurses “with immediate availability”, of which 300 “have never been contacted”, points out the statement.
The OE recalls that “it was directly opposed to the decision to place students of the Nursing degree course in public health units to carry out epidemiological surveys”, considering that this “is not justified in this phase, when there are still hundreds of nurses available to integrate the public health units “.
In mid-October, the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) announced that finalist nursing students would be trained to help public health teams conduct covid-19 epidemiological surveys.
According to the director-general of Health, Graça Freitas, the students would be accompanied by their teachers, would do internships in public health units and receive training to help the teams in carrying out the surveys, detecting contacts “as soon as possible” and doing its subsequent monitoring.
According to the Order, nursing students “are presenting themselves, without a teacher, they do not have a job, computer or mobile phone, and they have been suggested to use their own material”.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 1.1 million deaths and more than 43 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report by the French news agency AFP.
In Portugal, 2,343 people died from 121,133 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent DGS bulletin.
Covid-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus (type of virus) detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, which has spread rapidly around the world.