October 30th Could be Critical Day for Croatian Hospital System, Here’s Why

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 16th of October, 2020, we currently have almost 500 coronavirus patients in various hospitals with 3.5 thousand infected people. If we continue at this rate next week, we will reach 700 patients in hospitals and about six thousand infected because some of them will have gotten over the illness. The Croatian hospital system could find itself in trouble if this trend continues.

”These figures can’t be tolerated by the Croatian hospital system without running into significant problems. A week later, we could easily reach a thousand hospitalised people and nine thousand infected people,” said Dr. Ozren Polasek for Jutarnji list.

Polasek is otherwise a professor at the Department of Public Health and head of the Centre for Global Health at the Medical Faculty of the University of Split, he is also a valued member of the Scientific Council for Combating the Coronavirus Pandemic of the Government of the Republic of Croatia.

In short, carrying on this way means we could get to numbers by October the 30th, 2020, that the Croatian hospital system quite simply can’t stand. The situation for medical staff isn’t ideal either.

The Sestre Milosrdnice Clinical Hospital Centre currently has 124 health workers out of operation. 30 of them are positive for coronavirus, and 95 of them are in self-isolation. 250 people were tested at the Sveti Duh Clinical Hospital, and 11 positive results have been received so far, and a dozen more positive ones are expected today. There are 48 employees of that facility now in self-isolation.

The hospital in Split can function without difficulties until the number of hospitalised persons with coronavirus exceeds 50, and now they have about 30 patients. In Medjimurje, where the number of patients is growing relentlessly, the situation is satisfactory so far, but that could all alter very quickly with the pace of the spread of infection.

A total of 34 medical workers who tested positive for the new coronavirus and 64 of them who are in self-isolation were the balance sheet in Osijek-Baranja, Vukovar-Srijem and Pozega-Slavonia counties as of the 15th of this month.

”The number of patients and those in self-isolation isn’t yet too large and we therefore have no problems with the organisation of work. There will probably be more patients, but I hope that the numbers won’t be so large that we can’t organise everything,” said doc. Dr. Zeljko Zubcic, the director of KBC Osijek.

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