Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis: It doesn't get scarier than this...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

It doesn't get scarier than this...

I thought this was about politics...until I read past the first paragraph.

Union censures state corrections commissioner
Officials said the vote, which passed 514-19, was the first of its kind as far as they knew.

When Schmidt was named commissioner by Gov. Sarah Palin in November 2006, he was supported by the union and considered a popular choice for the top job. At the time, he was superintendent of Point MacKenzie Correctional Farm.

Since then, his support by corrections officers has eroded under allegations that he has covered up medical issues in the jails and cut staff to dangerous levels in the prisons.

Randy McLellan, an officer at Mat-Su pretrial jail, call the situation "a powder keg with a fuse in it."

Sgt. Gary Damron at Hiland Mountain prison said the commissioner and the department refuse to recognize health threats at the facilities. Hundreds of inmates suffer from an infection called methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), he said, and two have died from it.

Nearly a dozen corrections officers have also been infected, Damron said, but the department refuses to pay the necessary cost of combating the infection.

What the bloody hell?????

MRSA is terrifying for ANYONE but especially deadly for folks with compromised immune systems, like Diabetics, folks with Lupus, AIDS, etc...

For those who don't know about MRSA Infection, here is an explanation from the Mayo Clinic.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria — often called "staph." Decades ago, a strain of staph emerged in hospitals that was resistant to the broad-spectrum antibiotics commonly used to treat it. Dubbed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), it was one of the first germs to outwit all but the most powerful drugs. MRSA infection can be fatal.

This guy deserves worse than a "no confidence" vote.


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