Having access to quality essential health-care services and to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all is a must. When it comes to healthcare, medicine plays a big part of it.
As the field I chose, medicine connects to this kind of healthcare because it provides services of its own. Medicine is the field of health and healing, it includes nurses, doctors and various specialists. It covers diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease, medical research, and many other aspects such as vaccines. Medicine aims to promote and maintain health and well-being.
As to connect the access to a quality essential health-care services to a real issue in my local context, I would like to talk about the vaccines in the times of COVID-19. Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean’s CIUSSS claims that by the end of April, 40 000 vaccine doses for the COVID-19 will be provided. I see an issue in this affirmation since the ones getting the vaccine are the people aged of 75 years and more or the workers in the field of medicine. Now, don’t get me wrong, protecting our elders and the ones risking their lives among the viruses is a good thing. The problem is that they don’t have enough doses for everyone! In the beginning of March 2021, according to TVA Nouvelles, they claimed to be able to give everyone their first dose by the end of June, meaning an average of 30 000 doses per week. And now, they’re not sure if that affirmation can be possible anymore.
“What is medicine”, MedicalNewsToday, November 16th, 2018, [Online]
“40 000 doses de vaccins contre la COVID-19 attendues dans la région en avril’’, Radio-Canada, March 4th, 2021, [Online]
‘’Les citoyens du Saguenay vaccinés d’ici la fin juin’’, TVA Nouvelles, March 5th, 2021, [Online]