Romania currently has only six free beds in intensive care units for COVID-19 patients, Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu said on Sunday.
“I have said many times that the situation is not an easy one. I have used the critical word several times. For three months we have been trying to find solutions. We have reorganiSed the COVID-19 hospitals by ministerial order 555 so that patients have access to appropriate care services. I’m not just talking about COVID-19 patients but all patients. (…) There are just six more intensive care beds in the country at the moment, six free beds,” said Voiculescu.
According to him, as many as 11,875 adult patients and 94 pediatric patients are currently hospitalised with COVID-19 in Romanian hospitals.
“At this time, 11,875 adult patients are hospitalised in Romanian hospitals with COVID-19, together with 94 pediatric patients. 1513 adult patients are in intensive care units. 16 pediatric patients are in intensive care in the country of whom four are intubated at the moment,” said the minister.
PM Citu: The goal of having 1,600 intensive care beds in hospitals must be achieved
Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Sunday, at the end of a meeting of the National Intervention Coordination Management Centre (CNCCNI), that the goal of having 1,600 intensive care beds in Romania’s hospitals must be achieved, given that there are currently only six available.
“Today, there are 1,531 people hospitalised in intensive care and only six free such beds nationwide. We need to reach this goal of at least 1,600 beds and they are needed now. At the same time, I have talked to several specialists, as I wanted to understand things, because, on the one hand, we have a positive development in terms of the number of infected people, so we see that after we reach a plateau, we start to decrease, a decrease that consolidates, but in the same time, somewhat contradictory, we have more people hospitalised and we have more people in intensive care,” said Citu.
According to him, the discussions at CNCCNI also focused on the preparations moving forward.
“This wave will probably last two or three months and we have to focus, use all the resources for moving forward to get over this wave. We are dealing with the vaccination campaign and it is important to talk about hospitals, because we have over one million people who have defeated this disease, but we also have over 25,000 people who have died from it. It is very important to have all the resources available and to speed up the vaccination campaign,” he said, according to Agerpres.