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February 9, 2023

PM Orban: Our goal is to increase the number of intensive care beds by more than 200 within a week

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban reiterated on Tuesday, after a meeting with the management of the Ministry of Health, that the government’s goal is to increase the number of intensive care beds by more than 200 within a week.

“We discussed an increase in the care capacity in the intensive care units; we analysed possible solutions. Our goal is to increase the number of places in the intensive care units by more than 200 in a week. Also, the preparation of the new intensive care units of hospitals (…) has to be extremely rigorous, all systems have to be operational, all circuits have to be followed and also all equipment has to function properly,” Orban said.


Health Minister to issue order regarding hospital units to make ICU beds available


The Prime Minister also said Tuesday said that, no later than Thursday, the order of the Minister of Health regarding the new hospital units to provide intensive care beds for treating patients with COVID-19 will be issued.

“We have made an inventory of the hospitals that will be included in the anti-COVID programme. Tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow, at the latest, an order of the Minister of Health will be issued regarding these new hospital units that will provide ICU beds,” Orban said on Tuesday after a meeting with the leadership of the Ministry of Health.

According to him, at the meeting, they also discussed the controls carried out by the joint teams of the Public Health Directorates and the Emergency Inspectorates, with the technical support of ISCIR and CNCIR, at the hospitals, to check for the functioning of the oxygen supply installations, of the vacuum and compressed air installations in ICUs.

The PM said that another issue addressed was the supply of oxygen to hospitals, given the “dramatic” increase in the amount consumed. “Hospitals must make every effort to have the full amount of oxygen needed to treat patients,” Orban said, according to Agerpres.



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