Τhe country’s health system will be made to hold up using every means available

Τhe country’s health system will be made to hold up using every means available, despite the pressure it has come under in the last few days, the head of the 4th Health district of Macedonia and Thrace Dimitris Tsalikakis stated on Tuesday to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency radio station “Praktorio”.

“The entire city is being tested by the lockdown but those who are under the greatest pressure are those working in the health sector,” he said, adding that “the system will hold up…either by creating the necessary capacity through the use of the private clinics or by converting clinics within the [state] hospitals.”

He noted that the situation was difficult as this was the seventh day “we are subjected to such pressure in the hospitals and especially in AHEPA, Ippokratio and Aghios Pavlos hospitals, all included in the 4th Health region. We found cases positive for COVID-19 even in the Theagenio oncological hospital, during testing that is carried out constantly. There have been transfers of patients from state hospital clinics to private clinics to free beds for patients with coronavirus.”

Referring to the second wave of the pandemic, he said it bore no relation to the first wave in spring as “today all hospitals are involved and are having a hard time, while only one or two hospitals were involved during the first wave. However, we have our plan and when we see that the system is crossing some red lines we will take the necessary action. We are closely monitoring the admissions of patients and activating the next plan,” he said.