Three intubated patients have died due to lack of space in the intensive care unit, says Michalis Giannakos, president of the POEDIN All-Hellenic Federation of Public Hospital Workers.
According to him, the health care system in Northern Greece is already at the limit of its capabilities. On Real Fm Thessaloniki, Mr Giannakos says:
“Of the 7 intubated patients who were treated outside the intensive care unit at the AHEPA Hospital in Thessaloniki, three unfortunately died. While four others remained in the same hospital after intubation, but outside the intensive care unit. The three who were admitted to the hospital, if they were in the intensive care unit, could have been more fortunate. They died intubated in a simple coronavirus clinic. In total, 13 people with coronavirus are waiting in the hospitals of Thessaloniki until a bed in the intensive care unit is available. One is being treated at the pulmonary clinic, two at the Papanikolaou and six more at the Papageorgiu.
Mr Giannakos has asked unvaccinated health workers to return to hospitals for two weekly rapid tests. He also expressed concern that compulsory vaccinations are not being applied to other groups, such as priests.