Ecuadorian hospitals on the verge of collapse due to the pandemic | News

The Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security warned this Monday that hospitals in the capital are facing their worst moment since the start of the pandemic.


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According to the institute, the IESS Quito Sur hospital, intended to care for Covid-19 cases, last weekend the hospital center reached 145 percent of its capacity.

According to the coordinator of Epidemiological Surveillance and Infectology of the health home, he indicated that the waiting list corresponds to hospital beds and also to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Given the overcrowding of the health center, the hospital authorities enabled about 65 units to cover the current need, however they ruled out the collapse of the hospital center.

Health personnel are looking for options to accommodate the dozens of people who arrive with respiratory symptoms and an immediate need for hospitalization in the emergency area.

Despite the denial of the hospital collapse, the media showed images of patients waiting for medical attention in chairs and others lying on the ground on thin military mats, as they are also connected to oxygen tanks.

The general manager of the IESS Quito Sur, Eng. Álvaro Gaibor, pointed out that the waiting list for ICU beds at the moment exceeds 70 people who are in intermediate care, and many are waiting in military tents, installed since the beginning of the health emergency.

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The IESS Quito Sur has assisted 81,300 citizens with respiratory symptoms during the health emergency. In addition, there are 427 hospitalized people with coronavirus, and 49 infected in serious condition that house the intensive care unit.

Ecuador registers a total of 325,124 cases of Covid-19 and about 16,746 confirmed deaths and suspected of having had the disease.

Pichincha continues to lead the position as the province with the highest number of infections registered through positive tests, with 113,372, and about 2,803 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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