Medical representative: health authorities in the pandemic at the limit
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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – The health authorities in Germany are hardly able to keep up with their work in the corona pandemic. This also leads to gaps in contact tracing, said the federal chairman of the doctors of the public health service, Ute Teichert, the editorial network Germany (Saturday). “At the moment there is almost no comprehensive follow-up any more.” Several countries such as Baden-Württemberg, Berlin and Hamburg have even completely suspended the search for contact persons. It is assumed there that people inform themselves what to do in the event of a positive test result or risk exposure.
A spokeswoman for the Berlin health administration rejected Teichert’s statement. “The representation that Berlin is one of the federal states in which the health authorities no longer guarantee contact tracking in the context of the corona pandemic is incorrect,” she said. “The Berlin health authorities are responsible for tracking contacts in accordance with the guidelines of the RKI. The Bundeswehr is also deployed in eight health offices.”
Teichert told the RND that the permanently tense situation in the health authorities was also exacerbating the shortage of staff. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, in addition to fluctuation, I have also seen staff flee from the health authorities,” said Teichert. A comparatively poor pay is also to blame for this. “There is a significant pay gap that makes working in the health department unattractive.”
Green health politician Janosch Dahmen is concerned about the lack of contact tracking, especially with a view to the Omikron variant. “It can spread rapidly without you noticing it in time,” he told the RND. It is important that contact persons are informed and can be tested. “If we do not notice early on that the actual number of cases is increasing, politicians will not be able to react appropriately,” he warned./gma/DP/he
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