Experts criticize Ottawa for mismanaging and destroying millions of N95 masks
The government of Canada threw out two million N95 masks and 440,000 medical gloves when it shut down an emergency stockpile warehouse in Regina last year, a CBC investigation has revealed.
In an email to CBC, a spokesperson for the Public Health Agency of Canada, which oversees the stockpile, said the masks and gloves had been purchased in 2009 and “had passed the limit of five years for their use, as recommended by the manufacturer.” The masks expired in 2014.
Provincial governments and health-care workers are facing a severe shortage of N95 masks. For hospital workers in the COVID-19 pandemic, the N95 masks have become the health-care standard in personal protective equipment because they are designed to filter out tiny virus particles.
The National Emergency Strategic Stockpile (NESS), which is operated by the federal government, is a network of warehouses across the country that stores medical equipment and supplies. Provinces and territories can request use of these materials in the event of emergencies such as disease outbreaks.
Yet in Regina last spring, the federal government threw out the supplies, and instead of replenishing the warehouse, shut it down. – CBC
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Not sure what would expire on a mask. Anyway, why is this stock not sent out to the country’s hospitals a couple of years before it reaches the expiry date? Replace that with fresh stock. Better to use them than throw them out. Instead, hospitals have to buy the same equipment Ottawa is throwing out…taxpayers get hit twice…three times if stock that was thrown out was replaced.
Not only was this stock thrown out but it was not replaced. This happened last year. A couple of million N95 masks would have come in handy this year.
Money does not seem to matter to governments. They just tax the public to get more.
This pandemic is shining a light on the total incompetence of our high salaried elected and non-elected residents of government when it comes to emergency medical preparedness. There are surely more examples of taxpayer funded ineptitude that are waiting to see the light of day.
Why are we paying these people?