All the hospitals in Chisinau were adjusted to cope with patients with COVID-19, but they work to the limit as the beds available in intensive care units are not enough even if the number of beds there was increased for four times, caretaker head of the General Social Assistance and Health Division Boris Gîlca stated in the ordinary meeting of municipal services, being quoted by IPN.
Almost 50% of all the patients infected with the novel coronavirus receive treatment at medical institutions in the municipality of Chisinau. The full capacity of these institutions is of 1,353 places for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 in wards and 79 places in intensive care.
Eighteen more beds were made avaialable at the intensive care unit of the Saint Trinity Hospital last week. Another 200 beds are being prepared for patients with COVID-19.
Boris Gîlca said the Delta variant is very aggressive and contagious. Of all those who were hospitalized, 98% haven’t been vaccinated and developed severe forms of the disease. When such patients are placed under intensive care, the chance of survival halves and only 5-10% of those with very severe forms who are intubated survive.
The situation is difficult and the population should realize the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. The current vaccination rate of 30% cannot ensure collective immunity, he noted.
Over 316,000 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Moldova since the start of the pandemic. More than 7,000 persons succumbed to the disease.