The number of patients in the NICU is the highest in the Czech Republic since the start of the pandemic – around 1,300. Talks are underway to apply for foreign aid.
/MICHAL CIZEK /AFP
In the Czech Republic, available beds in intensive care units are running out. This is the result of data on local hospitals, provided by the Czech Ministry of Health. There are talks in the ministry about applying for foreign aid.
In total, there are 6.5 thousand hospitals in Czech hospitals. patients with COVID-19.
Deputy Minister of Health Vladimir Czerny said that in this situation it is becoming more and more difficult to provide proper care not only to coronavirus infected patients, but also to patients with other diseases. – The Czech Republic has never been in such a situation. NICU places are nearing depletion. This is due, among other things, to the lack of qualified personnel in hospitals, said Vladimir Czerny.
The Ministry of Health intends to hire outpatient doctors to work in hospitals to take care of slightly ill patients. It is also planned to use private hospitals.
Deputy Minister Czerny also said that talks were underway at the ministry about applying for foreign aid. Patients from the regions most affected by the pandemic are continuously transported to facilities elsewhere in the country.
Czerny said that there are about 15 percent of people in the entire country. reserve of vacant beds in intensive care units. According to him, in two or three weeks it will most likely drop to 10 percent. One way to improve the situation is to transport patients to neighboring countries.
According to Czerny, German Saxony is ready to admit nine patients. The deputy minister asked the minister of health, Jan Blatny, to officially start the formalities related to the transport of hospitalized persons. However, he stressed that international cooperation cannot be seen as the only solution, as it can only ensure the transfer of a small number of patients.
Another solution considered by the ministry is the introduction of a system for classifying patients prior to admission to hospitals, in cooperation with the Czech Red Cross. The aim is to provide hospitalization primarily to people who actually require hospital treatment. Czerny also noted that the solution is not to activate the field hospital in Brno, because there is a lack of qualified medical personnel who could work there.
According to Tuesday’s data from the health ministry, 6,573 coronavirus patients are in Czech hospitals. Intensive care units treat 1,329 of them, which is the highest number since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Czech laboratories conducted 31,972 PCR tests for the presence of coronavirus on Monday. 11,233 of them had a positive result, around 2.3 thousand. more than a week ago. More than 1.16 million people have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the Czech Republic since the beginning of the pandemic, of which 19,537 have died. Currently, over 120,000 people are considered active. infection. There were 84 deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, but that number is yet to be updated. 121 people died on Sunday.
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