A doctor and an attending nurse from the University Medical Center of Central Duile must not have let the heat and humidity get to them. Their 200-in-a-bed intensive care unit (ICU) is always at capacity, full even of the seriously ill. When a patient dies, the ICU bed normally goes empty, because the person’s parents believe the care wasn’t good enough and will not accept the body back.
ICU patients stay for weeks and months, meaning all the beds are usually occupied.
But they didn’t pack enough Thanksgiving presents. They gave all the presents to unrelated children. And now, after harvesting the remaining toys, the newly orphaned toys, the trees, the leaves, the etc., the closets are empty.
The ICU is now getting used to life without the modest holiday decorations that once decorated its hallways. Even the closed-circuit TV cameras are empty.
I’ve found a new use for the empty hospital rooms: they are increasingly available to keep my housekeeper in line with the trash.
The idea of unvaccinated housekeepers and nurses costing the lives of young children and teenagers is not new. It happened because the Social Democratic party (PD) used to have nearly two-thirds of Romania’s state hospitals, but now it has just 45 percent of Romanian hospitals.
Countries with the highest vaccine rates have deep-rooted problems like the one we are experiencing in Romania. They’re run by socialist health systems with decentralized health budgets. What do the low-income populations, rural areas, and religious minorities get in their health care?
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) found that in places like the Chinese province of Zhejiang and Australia, half the babies who enter neonatal ICUs have diseases unconfirmed by vaccines.
There’s been a national debate over whether increasing vaccination rates are causing the rise of unvaccinated children.
This suggests that keeping half the population unvaccinated is not good for anyone. But first, a different way of looking at measles, mumps, and rubella was needed.
Kudos to now-deposed Minister of Health, Eugenie Bucharest, for acknowledging that “infant immunization provides a range of benefits which go far beyond the cure,” and “to squander the benefits of immunization would be a national disgrace, which could be much worse than thousands of tragic measles cases.”
In Romania, the national electoral committee clearly stated, in a 9-3 vote, that “measures aiming at decreasing any number of children below age five who do not have proof of immunization should be considered as grave acts under criminal and penal code.”
“For this reason,” the advisory committee said, “the provision of vaccines to newborns in unsanitary conditions should be ended.” They said this was “most urgent” because “this is the life of infants and may cause a lot of incidences of incubation and relapse of diseases that have no cure.”
They’re wrong. The act of wiping out unvaccinated babies would be the humane thing to do.
About half of pre-schoolers here don’t receive vaccinations. People are using “social cleansing” to raid the medicine cabinet of these parents. As the Emergency Room doctor told me, parents in such cases should get medical help, not be considered unsanitary and ordered to clean out the medicine cabinet.
My housekeeper is as self-critical as the citizens of the world.
If you ever need her, please tell her you care.
Amanda Knott is the International Editor of CityWatch. Join her on Twitter: @AmandaKnott