An awareness campaign features healthcare workers affected by COVID-19, who say they want to avoid the same predicament they were in the spring at all costs. Identified #Can you help us, the video capsules are circulating on social networks.
The initiative was launched by the Integrated University Health and Social Services Centers (CIUSSS) of Montreal. The three videos posted on the various public health platforms have garnered a total of 140,000 views on Facebook so far.
“It’s an awareness campaign that highlights the real world, that is to say our employees who were on the front line,” said the CEO of the CIUSSS Center-Sud, Sonia Bélanger. The message is to help these healthcare workers by respecting public health measures. ”
During the first wave, two deaths were counteds within the CIUSSS Center-Sud and several employees were infected, also infecting their families. This is the case of Dr David Lussier of the’Montreal University Institute of Geriatrics, who participated in a video.
“They have a powerful message to deliver, emphasizes Ms. Bélanger. We see that these people embody what they say and the suffering they have experienced on a daily basis. ”
At the front
The testimony of Jonathan Senatus, coordinator of clinical nursing activities at the CIUSSS du Center-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal will be published next week and will conclude this campaign.
“We don’t want to relive what we’ve been through. It affected us psychologically, family, personally and professionally, ”he says.
He was working as a nurse in the emergency room at the Jewish General Hospital when it all started. He then helped the intensive care department, then he went to help in a long-term care center (CHSLD).
“What struck me was the domino effect that COVID can have. If people do not follow the instructions, the contamination process begins again. ” -Jonathan Senatus, nurse.
“There was a madness, a disorganization because it was an unforeseen situation,” explains Mr. Senatus. My goal is to talk about my experience. I saw the failure that this put in the health system. ”
With the second wave, he particularly fears that the overcrowded establishments will not be able to meet the needs of people in critical situations.
He is also sorry that the government has focused on people who have lent a helping hand, such as volunteers from other professions, the military or paramedics. As a nurse, he felt forgotten.
“We have been talked about a lot as guardian angels, but we were not presented as professionals at the front. Without us, all crash», He raises.
Few of the volunteers participated in the video capsules, but the campaign organizers say they are satisfied. “We had a good feeling about the scope and how it would affect people, but never to this extent,” says Danny Raymond, an employee of the CIUSSS Center-Sud involved in the organization.
There were a few reviews, he admits, but even the most negative comments were made. Overall the response has been “overwhelmingly positive”. “We wanted above all to convey the message that the antidote is us,” emphasizes Mr. Raymond.
On the other hand, even if all the problems are not resolved, such as the overload of nurses’ work, the establishments are much better prepared, indicates the CEO, Sonia Bélanger.
Of the 1,000 COVID-19 hospital beds in the Montreal health network, less than 150 beds are currently occupied.