‘Shameful’: Ants crawling out of bandages
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Nurses in Victoria's aged care homes are so busy fighting the coronavirus that some elderly residents have been left uncared for in horrific conditions.
The Guardian reported yesterday that one woman had been left in bed with a bloodied bandage on her leg, which soon become overrun with ants.
The 95-year-old nursing home resident known as Milka succumbed to her injuries and passed away yesterday morning.
She's just one of many who missed out on the care she desperately needed because of the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging Melbourne's aged care system.
The footage and photos were taken inside a private residential aged care home in Melbourne on Tuesday.
Two weeks earlier, a staff member at the facility had contracted COVID-19.
The virus quickly spread through the facility.
Some residents were left without food or water for 18 hours and faeces remained on the floor as staff rushed from one critically ill patient to another.
At one point, there were just two staff members looking after 68 residents.
Most staff members had been sent home sick.
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In a press conference this morning, Premier Daniel Andrews acknowledged the horrific conditions in which Milka died.
"I have not seen the footage but I have been briefed on it, that is just shameful and would be very distressing for everybody concerned," he said.
"That footage relates to a particular facility which we have now taken over.
"Hospital nurses have gone and taken over in a number of these situations and I think they have taken over for good reasons."
Milka's family told The Guardian they do not blame the nursing home, and say until COVID-19 swept through she was provided with excellent care.
Originally published as 'Shameful': Ants crawling out of bandages