In April, there were only 12,000 beds in Ukraine that were theoretically ready to receive patients with COVID-19. Now this figure is almost 52,000. This was announced by Minister of Health of Ukraine Maxym Stepanov during his speech at the Verkhovna Rada.
“It is crucial to understand that the resource of the medical system is limited, and it makes up 52,000 beds. This is 30% of the total amount in the country. Other illnesses did not take a vacation due to the coronavirus. Currently, the Ministry of Health is working to increase the number of beds by several tens of thousands,” said the Minister of Health.
The Minister also added that UAH 5.3 billion had been allocated to ensure the equipment of extra beds in Ukrainian hospitals.
“Of these, UAH 572 million was transferred to the regions for equipment hospital beds with oxygen. Today, the number of beds with oxygen systems is almost 18,000. By mid-November, the number of oxygen beds will be increased to 26,000, and by the end of the month - to 40,000 beds. All hospitals are communally owned and owned by local communities. And from the very beginning of the epidemic, the Ministry of Health has set a task for hospitals to increase the number of beds with oxygen supply,” said Maxym Stepanov.
The Minister of Health also stressed that the coronavirus is now spreading too fast, and this situation is observed around the world.
“No matter how hard we try to increase the number of beds, there is still a limit. And in case that occupancy reaches 100%, we will have to apply the activation of medical sorting protocols with the priority of providing medical care to patients with better chances of survival. And that will mean that our medical system has failed. In fact, it will be a disaster!” summed up Maxym Stepanov.