Dep. Health Min. – Empty beds are not “filled” immediately – What she said about vaccines

Answers concerning ICUs, the 4th dose, the adequacy of the vaccines but also for mandatory vaccinations, were given today by the Deputy Minister of Health, Mina Gaga.

"Although we have a stabilization in case numbers, maybe a declining trend, in many areas the health system is under a lot of pressure, as the number of intubations and hospitalizations has increased," said Ms. Gaga, adding that "we always have patients who intubated outside the ICU. "If the patient can be moved, transferred to another hospital, if he is unstable and can not be stabilized, he should be treated differently."

As he added, speaking to ANT1 tv, "the truth is that we have a lot of admissions and a lot of intubations every day. It also takes a few hours for the ventilator tubes to be disinfected and for things to be as they should be, which is why any ICU bed that is left empty is not occupied immediately. "

"Only a percentage of patients will not be able to get into an intensive care unit immediately. We use all public and private beds. We have converted our own ICUs mainly for coronavirus cases and the other cases are transferred to ICUs in private clinics. The pressure on the NHS is mainly due to lack of staff, as much more staff is needed to monitor patients in the clinics, who are there by intubation or with increased oxygen supply," Ms. Gaga pointed out.

On children and pregnant women

Regarding pregnant women, the Deputy Health Minister said that "the problem with pregnant women is that they have not been vaccinated. The point is that we all say in every tone that pregnant women and those who want to get pregnant should be vaccinated, we see young women getting sick and being intubated, this is a terrible thing. Only in the Hippokration Hospital of...

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