Croatian Hospitals Prepare for Autumn: 250 Respirators On Way

Lauren Simmonds

The situation with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is expected to worsen as autumn and winter approach and bring with them much colder weather. During the summer season, the entire Croatian health system worked at about fifty percent of its usual capacity, as it does every summer, because at that time there were few patients, nor were there doctors available for full-time work, so Croatian hospitals were not crowded.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 18th of August, 2020, the preparations being undertaken by Croatian hospitals for the autumn ”meeting” with a potentially more difficult situation with the new coronavirus were discussed at a recent meeting between Health Minister Vili Beros with the directors of numerous hospital institutions.

The summer season when the vast majority head to the Croatian coast en masse is always a more quiet time for hospitals and other health facilities across the country. However, the situation will soon change significantly, so a reminder of caution is necessary, Jutarnji list writes.

At the centre of the discussion yesterday were visits to children in hospital and parental dissatisfaction by limiting the meeting to just fifteen minutes, which has been a topic of heated debate and heightened emotions ever since the move was put into practice in an attempt to slow the rate of the spread of infection. The conclusion is that the health and safety of children being treated in hospitals must come first. The organisation of parental visits will depend on the capabilities of each individual hospital or health institution.

The Minister informed his colleagues that according to the European Commission’s programme, another 250 respirators will arrive in Croatian hospitals soon, which means that the country would then have a total of 1,050 of them for those who have a dire clinical picture and require oxygen. Experts claim that this is a sufficient number if the situation with coronavirus in Croatia worsens.

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