Bulgarian Health Minister: We Haven’t Missed a Single Day in Summer to Get Prepared for New Epidemic Wave


"We are not to blame for the fact that Bulgaria is now the first by Coronavirus mortality rate in the world. From the very beginning of the epidemic we have been encouraging people to comply with the imposedanti-virus measures. The current situation is the result of non-compliance with the restrictive measures, of underestimating virus hazard and burning masks in front of the Council of Ministers building," Health Minister Kostadin Angelov stated on bTV.

The great mistrust accumulated over the years led to this result. There is only  one solution - compliance with anti-epidemic measures, disinfection, distance, respect of doctors recommendations, Angelov added.

We do not know if the system needs a major overhaul, whether this reform needs to be started again or not - we have no consensus. Many of the hospitals are so built that new Covid wards have to be made with partitions, with new walls. This is another challenge, Angelov said.

Not a single day of the summer months has been missed. Two days after I took office as minister, I issued an order for the introduction of next measures. I met with the National Operative Staff, we organized everything according to the capacity of the respective field.

The problem is that hospitals are understaffed, we do not have enough medics, explained Angelov. It is very difficult to find doctors and nurses, the problem is not in the lack of buildings and beds, or lack of organization. Have you heard that medical appliances are in short supply, that there are no breathing machines? Hospital patients are not turned down. At the moment we have no shortage of beds, the minister stressed.

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