The epidemic curve is getting widened day by day on a large scale. It has experienced a gigantic development over the past one year and has now become uncontrollable beyond our capacities. It is in this particular context of pandemic upsurge, the Government of Canada has come up with some innovative techniques to leap over the hurdles proposed by the novel coronavirus.
Throughout its response to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has been in regular contact with provinces and territories to assess the needs of regions hardest hit by the pandemic’s resurgence and to provide the support that will help protect the health and safety of Canadians.
Recently, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Bill Blair, the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, the Honourable Anita Anand, and the Minister of Health, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, confirmed that the Government of Canada will deploy two federal Mobile Health Units (MHU) to Ontario, in response to a provincial request for assistance.
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“Fighting the pandemic is our top priority. Along with my colleagues, I’m pleased to announce the deployment of two federal Mobile Health Units to the Province of Ontario to assist hospitals in the Greater Toronto area which has seen an alarming resurgence in COVID-19 cases,” said Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
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In accordance with this announcement the Government of Canada has also purchased some innovative Mobile Health Units as part of their overall preparedness plan to help protect the health and safety of Canadians. They have guaranteed that they would continuously collaborate with the provinces and territories and shall ensure the availability of necessary supplies needed to carry on the fight against COVID-19.
MHUs are just one of the services offered under the COVID-19 Federal Rapid Surge Capacity – a means for provinces and territories to access equipment and resources, when they need it most.By using these MHUs they aim to relieve pressure on Ontario’s strained hospital capacity due to the prevalence of COVID-19 in the province.
Apart from this the MHUs will provide additional hospital beds and facilitate the transfer of non-critical care patients out of critical care to ensure those specialized resources are available for those who need it most. Each MHU has the capacity to include 100 hospital beds. The units will be staffed by the province.
So far two MHUs are scheduled to be deployed to the Greater Toronto Area as rapidly as possible. These units will be available to Ontario until May 1, 2021, depending on COVID-19 case load and ICU capacity in the province.