Kubek: So far, 16 doctors from abroad are applying for help

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Updates: 18.10.2020 10:42
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Prague – From now on, 16 physicians have applied for assistance in the Czech Republic during the coronavirus epidemic at the invitation of the President of the Czech Medical Chamber (ČLK) Milan Kubek. Kubek told Radiožurnál today. The chamber published the call on the web on Wednesday. Hospitals are starting to lack staff due to the influx of patients with covid and the growing number of infected healthcare professionals.

“We are redirecting them to the Ministry of Health to the Department of Health Services, we recommend that they contact their former hospital, where they have ties,” Kubek said. He would consider it a success if several dozen volunteers returned in this way. “Of course, I’m not so naive as to expect the return of the thousands of doctors who have left the Czech Republic in recent years, but the situation is so serious that any help is good,” he said. He emphasized that, unlike medics, they were qualified doctors with experience.

In the Czech Republic, almost 169,000 people have been infected since March, ie since the beginning of the epidemic caused by the new coronavirus, in October alone over 98,000. This week, the number of cases broke three times, and according to The New York Times, the Czechia ranks second in the world in terms of the number of cases infected per 100,000 inhabitants in the past week; the same was the case a week ago.

Experts say that about three to four percent of those infected will enter hospitals, of which about 20 percent will be in serious condition. The time from diagnosis to severe symptoms that require hospitalization is between a week and ten days. The intensive care coordinator in the country, Vladimír Černý, said on Friday that the coming weeks will be extremely difficult for the Czech healthcare system, very demanding, especially for healthcare professionals, but there is no danger of the system collapsing.

According to Kubek, the lack of qualified doctors and nurses is becoming a greater danger than missing hospital beds. “There is a huge tsunami on healthcare, and some reserve capacity in hospitals has been created this week due to a drastic reduction in all non-acute healthcare, but the increase in patients is really high,” he said. Compared to the end of September, according to the Ministry of Health, the number of hospitalized with coronavirus has more than tripled and the number of patients in serious condition has also tripled.

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