A fire broke out Friday at the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Costanza, Romania, in the intensive care unit.
Nine out of ten patients at ICU Covid died. The other patients were pulled out of the window in a dramatic rescue operation.
A health ministry official confirmed he was dead, adding that the number would be announced at a press conference. According to sources, nine people died in the fire.
At the same time, 113 people were evacuated, of whom 50 were taken to other hospitals.
There was a strong reaction from Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who noted that “the Romanian state has failed in its basic mission to protect its citizens” and said he was horrified by the tragedy that occurred this morning at the Disease Hospital. Infectious in Costanza.
“This is a terrible new drama that confirms the inadequate infrastructure of the Romanian health system, an outdated system that was severely tested and put under unimaginable pressure by the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“My condolences to the families of the victims and much strength to enable them to cope with these extremely painful moments. I wish a speedy recovery to all patients and medical staff injured by the fire,” said the President.
“I have asked the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health to take all necessary measures and do absolutely everything possible to prevent another accident in the hospitals in the country.
For now, the priority is to quickly identify solutions in order to transfer and treat all patients who were evacuated from the hospital in Costanza. At the same time, it is imperative, in all departments of COVID-19 patients and especially in intensive care units, to pay extra attention, especially in hospitals, in order to avoid such tragedies occurring in conditions of overload, “continued Klaus Iohannis.
“At the same time, in the medium and long term, there is an urgent need to find new places to set up intensive care units that will provide optimal security conditions as soon as possible. The modernization of the health system in Romania is far behind and that is why the health infrastructure was the priority within the National Recovery and Sustainability Plan. These important European funds that we managed to get for Romania are one of the most important solutions to ensure safe conditions for doctors and patients. “/ ibna