OTTAWA — In response to a request for assistance from the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada will deploy two federal Mobile Health Units (MHU) in the Greater Toronto Area as quickly as possible.
The units, which are expected to be available to the province until May 1 depending on COVID-19 case load and ICU capacity, are intended to relieve pressure on strained hospital capacity.
Each MHU has the capacity to include 100 hospital beds and will be staffed by the province. It will facilitate the transfer of non-critical care patients out of critical care to ensure those specialized resources are available for thosae who need it most, explains a release.
MHUs are just one of the services offered under the COVID-19 Federal Rapid Surge Capacity, adds the release.
“The Government of Canada purchased these Mobile Health Units as part of our overall preparedness plan to help protect the health and safety of Canadians,” said Anita Anand, minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, in a statement. “We will continue to collaborate with the provinces and territories to ensure they have the equipment and supplies needed to carry on the fight against COVID-19.”