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Libya’s injured treatedin Malta during Gaddafirevolution ‘contaminated’our hospital: Paul Pace

 - Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 09:30

Nursing union president Paul Pace said that the boat load of critically injured Libyans which were brought over to Malta to be treated at the intensive care unit within Mater Dei Hospital during the Gaddafi revolution three years ago “contaminated” the hospital.

Speaking to this newsroom, Mr Pace explained that any critically ill patients transferred from one country to the other could easily harbour many multi drug resistant bacteria and that is why screening of patients arriving from Libya to Malta is needed since the last time around Maltese patients were infected by the bacteria, including MRSA.

“Today, some Maltese patients are still suffering the consequences of what took place two years ago when they were infected by Libyan patients brought to Malta for treatment,” he said.

He said that they were struck by what is referred to as Klebsiella, a type of gram-negative bacteria that can cause different types of healthcare-associated infections, including pneumonia, bloodstream infections, wound or surgical site infections, and meningitis.

Mr Pace urged the government not to bring over injured Libyans to Malta for treatment, as is happening, since "we do not have adequate facilities and enough staff to cater for these cases".

Citing an example on how serious British authorities treated the issue three years ago, Mr Pace said that the authorities had refused a Libyan patient who had spinal injuries to be treated at a UK hospital so as not to contaminate the hospital’s wards.

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Tony Camilleri says:
29 July 2014 22:37

Carmel Camilleri Malta zghira u n-nies maghrufa. Int tajtu titoli li jiena ma tajtux.

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David Hill says:
29 July 2014 18:29

I'd have thought it was a no-brainer, The hospital staff in Libya are leaving the country and casualties are being brought to Malta.
So why not get the Libyan hospital staff to come to Malta to treat their patients

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Joe Martinelli says:
29 July 2014 23:52

This government couldn't bring back Maltese citizens working in Libya through an organized evacuation of sorts and expect it to ask Libyan hospital staff to come to Malta to treat Libyan patients, shot by their Libyan brothers?

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GL Sammut says:
29 July 2014 17:31

Mr Pace should have asked the question? And where do you think we can fit these people when we have to leave our own citizens parked on a stretcher overnight in the hallways of Mater Dei? How come Mr Pace never questioned the health dangers of the illegal immigrants when they are accepted at Mater Dei? Get with the program Mr Pace. But Mr Pace is right on one thing. Why are these people brought here and not sent to neighboring Tunisia or any other Arab Friendly Country if there any any?

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M Xerri says:
29 July 2014 13:48

So now we have the same people who praised the previous Government for showing kindness with injured Libyans by offering treatment in our hospitals, now criticizing the present Government for doing the same thing.

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Joe Martinelli says:
29 July 2014 12:54

This sounds like that woman in Marsaxlokk who claimed that her and her family's cancer was due to the 'cancer factory' and the LP made a big deal of the unfounded connection. Funny how we never heard any more about the progress, or otherwise, of that poor woman's prognosis! All we heard, as soon as the LP was elected, that the Energy Minister set up office at the cancer factory!
If Mr. Pace is concerned about inadequate number of nurses and facilities, then he should state so and not cite 'contamination' as reason enough not to bring in injured Libyans for medical attention.
The government may want to use St. Luke's hospital which not too long ago, was reopened and closed within two weeks, for initial diagnosis and screening of incoming patients.
For credibility's sake, Mr. Pace should protect MUMN members and the patients, irrespective of where the wind is blowing.

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Charlie Brown says:
29 July 2014 11:55

They shouldn't bring them here we have nothing to do with Libya. Has Malta become a part of Libya? Libya is a large country and not only Tripoli exists so they can transfer their injured to another town or city. If that is not good enough for them they can go to Tunisia. We are NOT an extension of Libya.

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Jose Ellul says:
29 July 2014 11:36

This Paul Pace should have opened his big mouth 3 years ago when this "contamination" happened.  Mentioning it now just shows his hidden pro-PN, anti-PL agenda.  Not that anyone is surprised!

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Richard Caruana says:
29 July 2014 14:33

You should not have opened your mouth now. It was widely reported at the time, for your information:

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20111106/local/No-cause-for-alarm-over-hospital-bug.392361

Probably in The Malta Independent as well, but cannot find the link.

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martin bruno says:
29 July 2014 10:54

I cannot say whether or not Mr Pace is being politically biased since I don't even know this person, but his observations need to be seriously considered for our common good. However, let not this become an excuse not to help Libyans.   

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Joseph Mifsud says:
29 July 2014 10:51

Have Maltese lives been endangered because of these people carrying this so called Klebsiella or other deceaces? ,how very nice of YOU to let the government know now 3 years after.

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Tony Camilleri says:
29 July 2014 09:53

Why didn't you say so when the PN was in Government Pace? Why now? What about illegal immigrants Pace? Never heard you utter one single word of concern when they are taken to hospital and mingle with the population Pace? Again, why now? Is it because there is a Labour government and not your PN in government Pace?

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Carmel Camilleri says:
29 July 2014 16:53

I never knew that P. Pace is a nationalist supporter. This is news. As is common with labourites those who just do disagree with  their Govt must be a bastard  nationalist.

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