The lockdown didn’t help at all, only delayed things, believes Prime Minister Florin Citu, who says that the best solution to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic is vaccination.
“What I want to see is increase in vaccination, because it’s the only solution by which we can overcome the pandemic. Lockdown didn’t help at all, it only delays things. In order to overcome the pandemic, we must get vaccinated. It’s the only solution. We have vaccine doses, we have what we need, we only have to vaccinate and at the same time I said we must maintain the economy open. That’s why I took these measures, the green certificate measure, to ensure that Romanians can conduct their activities safely, whether they want to go to the restaurant, cinema, or to the office, they must be safe,” said on Tuesday Florin Citu.
Referring to the obligation to test children, the Prime Minister said he will consult with healthcare specialists, stating that the regulation may be amended.
“I would like Romanians to go on with their lives, but in as safe as possible conditions, that’s the most important thing and then, if we can find measures to improve the measures already taken, I will agree to amend, of course,” said Citu, during a visit to Prahova County where he took part in the signing ceremony for the financing contract of the Sinaia City Hospital.
I will request investigation on the way the Ministry of Health prepared the fourth wave of the pandemic
Prime Minister Florin Citu announced on Tuesday that he will ask for an investigation, as quickly as possible, regarding the way the Ministry of Health prepared the fourth wave of the pandemic.
“I will request an investigation, an analysis, because I want to know how the fourth wave was prepared. We knew the fourth wave was coming, I said so all year long, after the third wave was over, that I do not want the number of beds to go down in the ICU units for COVID. I clearly said that I want our response capacity to be intact and to respond quickly. I would like to know how the Ministry of Health prepared for the fourth wave, to see if it took into consideration what I said and if what I said was not taken into consideration, the ones who didn’t take into consideration will be held responsible,” Citu said, during a visit in the county of Prahova.
The PM specified that he will talk with sanitary authorities and hospital managers regarding the situation of the ICUs, because there is also a need to deploy staff, not just to supplement the number of beds, highlighting that in the following period the number of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients will go up to 1,600.
“We have a number of ICU beds, we must transform from non-COVID into COVID, this is what we are doing now, but we must also deploy staff and I would like to see this plan put into motion as quickly as possible. I repeat, it is not normal and someone must be responsible for this, if the fourth wave was not prepared, even though I have spoken about this all summer. We will have all the solid data, because they change everyday. The last figure I have is 1,024 COVID ICU beds. You know very well that when I took over the Ministry of Health again, appointing Minister Cseke, I believe there were around 600 beds, although I always said that we must remain at 1,600 beds. The Minister understood my message, immediately added 400 beds and will add up to 1,600 beds as quickly as possible, but that is not the only challenge. The challenge is to have staff deployed in these COVID sections,” the head of the Executive said, according to Agerpres.
PM estimates that the need for ICU beds for COVID-19 patients could increase to 2,000
Prime Minister Florin Citu on Tuesday estimated that the need for ICU beds for COVID-19 patients could increase to 2,000 and asked those in charge to make a plan so that they can secure the necessary number of beds in the intensive care units.
The clarifications were made during a videoconference with prefects, which is also attended by representatives of the Public Health Departments, hospital managers, heads of ICU, emergency units, Inspectorate for Emergency Situations and ASSMB (Hospitals and Medical Services Administration Bucharest) representatives. The video conference is also attended by the interim Minister of Health, Cseke Attila, and the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Interior Raed Arafat.
“I don’t think I need to underscore again how important it is to have ICU staff and units ready as quickly as possible – and we needs as many beds as possible. I said 1,600. However, seeing the development of the pandemic, we may need 2,000. Make a plan – to be able to increase the number of places in ICUs for COVID-19 patients very quickly, if necessary, we all need to understand that we are here for patients. We are all here for the patients and we all have the duty to ensure the best conditions for them,” said the PM.
He asked those in charge with the public health departments “not to stay in the offices” and to talk to the hospital managers, offering them support in providing the necessary staff and treatments.
“I call on the management of the public health departments: don’t stay in the offices anymore. (…) Go and talk to the hospital managers. Make sure that what we want to implement is implemented. But at the same time, help them. Help them with the implementation, give them the resources they need, support them so that we can have as many ICU beds and wards as possible for coronavirus patients, in the shortest time, and also the necessary staff, the medicines we need,” he said.
The Prime Minister also requested the involvement of prefects, pointing out that they need to check and supervise the way in which the various situations that appear in the context of the pandemic are managed.
“You have a major responsibility to check and supervise the implementation of the things I have requested now. I want you to make sure that the county coordination centres are activated and in constant contact with the CNCCI (National Intervention Management and Coordination Centre), in order to quickly resolve the situations that arise,” he said.
Citu mentioned that, in addition to the increase in the number of beds in the COVID wards, there is a need for more medical staff to be brought from other hospitals when needed. He called for the medical staff to be understanding, saying he knew that these movements of personnel could cause “discomfort,” but underscored that they were necessary to take care of the sick.
The head of Executive also stated that hospital managers should be in constant contact with the National Intervention Management and Coordination Centre (CNCCI), to ensure the rapid transfer of patients, if necessary.
Compiled from Agerpres