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Hospitals reorganizing capacities to handle surge in COVID-19 patients

In the past couple of days, we've been working intensively on organizing and planning hospital capacities in a bid to respond to the increase in the number of patients. At the moment, there are 330 COVID-19 patients treated in public health institutions in our country, Venko Filipche said Wednesday.

Skopje, 17 June 2020 (MIA) – In the past couple of days, we’ve been working intensively on organizing and planning hospital capacities in a bid to respond to the increase in the number of patients. At the moment, there are 330 COVID-19 patients treated in public health institutions in our country, Venko Filipche said Wednesday.

“Infectious diseases wards and clinics have been overwhelmed. Some health workers are exhausted after fighting against the coronavirus for four months,” the Health Minister told a news conference.

The country, Filipche said, needs to reorganize and to prepare in this stage of the epidemic to cushion the surge in patients by mobilizing and organizing all disposable resources.

“We must and we can protect the health system to reduce as much as we can the pressure on health workers and to provide all patients with adequate treatment,” the Minister stated.

On Tuesday, 54 doctors and nurses arrived in Skopje to assist their colleagues at the Clinic for Infectious Diseases and the General Hospital.

“A plan has been already made for other rotations from all public health institutions in the country, including clinics and hospitals. Currently, most clinics and infectious diseases wards can still admit patients, they are not fully occupied, however they still need additional support,” Filipche said, adding private hospitals had also offered support to deploy staff.

North Macedonia on Wednesday registered 193 new cases and nine fatalities. Death toll has reached 210.

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