For Amnesty International, 60% of deaths linked to Covid in Belgium were in retirement homes. So how to avoid another tragedy in Belgian retirement homes, while the second wave of the epidemic is currently affecting the country? Caregivers and residents alike have terrible memories of last spring. “When I talk about it now, I get goose bumps. Because the movie of the first wave is starting to replay in my head, we all hope it will resolve asap but it’s hard“, worries Lien Van Maele, nursing assistant.
The Amnesty International report published on Monday November 16 is final: Belgian retirement homes were abandoned by the public authorities last spring. Chilling testimonies bear witness to the lack of personnel and resources. “At one point, we had to choose who was going to get oxygen“Says a director of a nursing home. The patients did not all receive food on a daily basis, also reports the report. To date, nearly 14,000 people have died from Covid-19 in Belgium.
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