Government stays the course on rapid testing

Despite failures in the recent implementation of rapid tests in Montreal schools, the government is moving forward with its plan to offer them throughout Quebec and relies on the leadership of Daniel Paré to achieve this.

“For me the very good news is that Daniel Paré will take care of the deployment,” Health Minister Christian Dubé said in the press scrum Tuesday.

Mr. Paré, who has coordinated the vaccination plan in recent months, has a mandate to offer rapid tests in all schools in Quebec, starting with the territory of Montreal.

Asked about the chaos observed in the first schools to have them deployed, the minister replied in English that it was the same for vaccination and that “it always seemed chaotic in the first days”.

New breakdowns in services to come, warns the minister

The minister also warned the population that the scarcity of labor would force the closure of an emergency in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. “There are places where emergency rooms will have to be closed. To ensure that there are no breakdowns in services that are not planned, ”he said.

According to Mr. Dubé, these closures are not linked to the pandemic but to the shortage of personnel. The government currently estimates that it lacks 4,000 nurses in the public network.

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