Coronavirus: Okypy asks ministry to assign second reference hospital

Coronavirus: Okypy asks ministry to assign second reference hospital

The state health services organisation (Okypy) has asked the health ministry to establish a second reference hospital to treat coronavirus patients in light of the increased daily cases.

 

The state health services organisation (Okypy) has asked the health ministry to establish a second reference hospital to treat coronavirus patients in light of the increased daily cases.

The state body asked to establish a second reference hospital in case the one in Famagusta reaches full capacity and cannot receive any more patients for treatment.

“We have asked the health minister [Constantinos Ioannou] to establish a second reference hospital,” the organisation’s press officer Charalambos Charilaou told the Cyprus News Agency on Tuesday.

However, Okypy did not yet receive a response or relevant instructions from the ministry, Charilaou added.

Twenty-seven patients are currently being treated at the Famagusta reference hospital, four of whom are in the high dependency unit. The hospital has 100 beds.

Those with mild or no symptoms are admitted to Eden rehabilitation centre in Tersefanou.

“The rest of the hospitals will manage suspect cases,” Charilaou said.

In case of need, Nicosia state hospitals will provide the beds in the intensive care units (ICU), he added.

“A decree has also been issued after our indications for the private sector to treat suspected cases in assigned rooms until the results from the laboratory tests for Covid-19 are issued,” Charilaou explained.

He added that a “revised plan” has been made among the hospitals, using their experiences in dealing with coronavirus over the previous months “to cover any weaknesses that existed”. The plan was recently presented to the minister who “expressed his satisfaction” Charilaou said.

“We believe that yes, our hospitals are ready to deal with increased coronavirus cases,” he added.

 

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