That was fast: Barely the Coronavirus arrived in Switzerland, a protective mask is already a scarce commodity. To blame for the misery only the high demand for masks and the lack of production in the domestic are not. Now it is clear, were also the authorities carelessly.
The Federal government discovered four years ago that the duty of the warehouse are filled in hospitals and nursing homes is insufficient. In the case of the hygiene masks, the targets were exceeded, while, in the case of respiratory protective masks and examination gloves only 65, respectively, 45 per cent of the goods but the stock Is available. "Despite the large inventory, it must be assumed that the current amounts of protection in Switzerland for short-term coverage for the normal needs to meet, but not in the case of a Pandemic," it said in a report.
The exact requirement depends on the development
But the Federal government let the sinners run. You give recommendations, and there is no official bearing obligation, the Federal office for national economic supply said. "The responsibility for the implementation lies with the institutions of the health care system." After 2016, there was no control. The next of the Federal government for this year planned.
The assumption is that the stocks were not increased prior to the outbreak of the crisis everywhere. Not two weeks after the first confirmed case in Switzerland the Federal government had to open its own warehouse to supply to health facilities. The Canton of Basel-city also confirmed to have the gaps filled. "The need was estimated to be restrained, which is why the relatively low deviation for the individual products, no adjustments have been made," writes the health Department. 60 000 respiratory protection and hygiene masks fehltenin Basel.
If there is enough protective masks for the Corona-crisis are available, remains unclear. Gloves and other consumables to be "to our knowledge, is currently not critical," according to the Federal office for population protection. The effective consumption could not be estimated exactly. This is dependent on the further development.
This article was first published on 8. In March, the international women's day. On this occasion, we use – wherever possible – instead of the generic Maskulinums the generic feminine. For example: patients, instead of patients.
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Created: 08.03.2020, 07:19 PMUpdated Date: 08 March 2020, 12:03