By Tony Winterburn • 29 January 2021 • 12:12
Romanian Hospital Fire Leaves 4 Covid Patients Dead. image: FaceBook
Romanian Hospital Fire Leaves 4 Covid Patients Dead.
FIRE has killed four patients at a Covid-19 hospital in the Romanian capital of Bucharest in the early hours of the morning of Friday, Jan. 29. Officials have said that another 102 were evacuated during the blaze which is the second deadly hospital fire in Romania in under three months.
The fire, which has since been extinguished, broke out at about 3am in one of the buildings of the Matei Bals hospital. Four rooms were affected and prosecutors are now investigating the cause of the fire. The hospital building where the blaze broke out was built in 1953 and had been completely renovated, its manager said. Matei Bals is one of the largest and most frequently used Covid-19 hospitals in the country.
The evacuated patients had medium to serious Covid-19 infections and most were using oxygen, the hospital’s manager said. About 44 of them have been sent to other Covid-19 hospitals across Bucharest – the remaining patients were relocated to other buildings at Matei Bals.
“None of the (evacuated) patients have burns, from the information we currently have,” deputy interior minister in charge of emergency situations Raed Arafat told reporters.
Nearly 7,700 Covid-19 patients were in hospitals across Romania as of Friday, including 989 in intensive care units. The country has reported 721,513 coronavirus cases and 18,105 deaths.
“It is obvious there is a problem,” health minister Vlad Voiculescu told private television station Antena 3. We are talking about the most-funded institute in the country. It is also the hospital which has treated … a lot of patients, it was used to capacity.”
In November, a fire at the intensive care unit of the Piatra Neamt county hospital killed 10 people, one in a series of hospital accidents. Even before the pandemic, Romania’s health care system had been under pressure, dogged by corruption, inefficiencies and politicised management. The country has one of the EU’s least developed healthcare infrastructures.
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