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Humza Yousaf: Living with Covid doesn’t mean abandoning the weak

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Vulnerable people are not abandoned by the Scottish government as Scotland tries to “live with Covid,” said Humza Yousaf.

The Minister of Health insisted that the proposed changes to further reduce restrictions and measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus “do not just throw caution to the wind”.

He acknowledged the concerns of the vulnerable Scots and their carers but assured that support would continue and not all safeguards would be lifted.

In a message to those “very concerned” about further easing restrictions, Yousaf said, “The Scottish government is not failing you.”

Speaking to the PA News Agency before the First Minister’s statement in Holyrood, Mr. Yousaf said, “We will have some elements of protective measures, such as wearing face covers in certain circumstances for a while. Come on.

“These basic measures will be important even as Covid goes from a pandemic to an endemic one.”

Addressing the concerns of the vulnerable and those who have screened, he added, “I don’t doubt that high risk people, vulnerable people, or carers – I know many carers have been in contact – are (concerned), but I insure to them that when we talk about living with Covid, we are not talking about simply giving up everything, but rather ignoring caution. “

The Cabinet Secretary visited Liberton Hospital in Edinburgh and met with health workers who delivered hospital-style treatments to patients at home.

The Hospital-at-Home service supports approximately 120 patients in the capital – with similar projects across Scotland – and offers treatments that are normally administered in clinical settings, such as intravenous antibiotics and oxygenation for patients with respiratory problems.

It comes as Mr Yousaf announced £ 500,000 funding for new equipment, including blood oxygen monitors and additional staffing capacity to identify patients who could be treated with antiviral drugs to reduce the disease from Covid-19.

Dr. Andrew Coull, a consultant geriatrician at Edinburgh’s Hospital at Home Service, welcomed the financial commitment, but said the service would need more “sustainable funding” over time to recruit more staff.

He added, “We could see a lot more people if we had the capacity, staff and equipment.”

When asked about the application, Yousaf said: “I think it’s absolutely important that we finance this sustainably.

“That was actually one of the first things the staff pointed out to me – that they really need this sustainable funding to make this a medium to long term solution, rather than just a brief intervention on this type of pressure.

“Well, yes, absolutely. We will look at this sustainable financing in the future. “

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