These days, we are observing with great interest the evolution of the epidemic in Sweden and the way it has been managed by their politicians. It is now clear to all, data in hand, how unsuccessful this management has been and how this led to the unnecessary loss of lots of human lives, especially among the older population.
According to the Financial Times, and taken up by numerous italian national newspapers, Sweden is now the country with the highest number of deaths per capita.
The Financial Times also reports that this useless “massacre of innocents” has not produced any economic benefit: the loss of GDP for Sweden will in fact be in line with that of the countries that have used more stringent restrictive measures like the other Scandinavian countries and it is estimated around 7-10% of the GDP.
The thing that, at Steadfast Onlus, leaves us particularly concerned, is the policy relating to the management of hospital entrances for the elderly.
According to a BBC reports, half of the deaths recorded on Swedish soil are happening in care homes and numerous health workers report that the institutional reluctance to admit SARS-CoV-2 positive patients over 65s to hospital, is costing a very high price in terms of lives: “They told us that we shouldn’t send anyone to the hospital, even if they may be 65 and have many years to live. We were told not to send them in” says Latifa Löfvenberg, a nurse who works in many retirement homes in Gävle, near Stockholm. Ms. Löfvenberg has now been moved to a COVID-19 ward: “We don’t have many older people. It’s a lot of younger people born in the 90s, 80s, 70s.”.
Further confirmation of this regrettable policy comes from this article published on Euronews Italia (in the coronavirus nursing homes) where Juliana Jihem tells how her uncle Moses Ntanda, 72, was denied hospital treatment, despite the need for it. Moses died alone, in the room of the care home where he was. Covid-19 killed him.
We as Steadfast want to reiterate once again that the right to life and the right to care are fundamental human rights and no political choice, even if linked to an emergency, which targets a specific category of patients, as in the sad days the of Aktion T4 during the nazi regime, can never be justified.