“What is happening in the provision of care is completely unsustainable, it is a dramatic situation. “I think this is a possible description,” the doctor told Lusa, noting that “unfortunately, the alerts from hospitals and everyone involved are not new. [já vêm] until [de] before Christmas”.
On the day that Portugal recorded two new daily records of the covid-19 pandemic – 166 deaths and 10,947 new cases of the new coronavirus infection, in 24 hours – some hospitals warned they had broken.
Garcia de Orta Hospital (HGO), in Almada, currently had a total of 169 patients with covid-19 inpatients, 18 of whom were in intensive care, while the hospital unit admitted a “pre-disaster scenario” if the residence status .
The director of the Centro Hospitalar Universitário Lisboa Norte (CHULN), Daniel Ferro, said that Santa Maria Hospital was “under pressure” and that the adaptation to the top of care “had limits”, working beyond the installed capacity.
For the president of the National Association of Public Health Physicians, “it is not surprising that there is de facto pressure.”
“What is happening is that we are reaching an unsustainable level and that has a lot to do with what has happened,” he said.
Although the country is at the beginning of a new constraint, “the reality is that in practice, looking at the street and seeing what is happening, there is indeed a great mobilization of people on the street, etc.” and “it turns out to be difficult to fight the pandemic with this situation,” he said.
“I hope that, nevertheless, there can be a reduction [nos números]”But it will take time for that to happen, as we know that these infections that are happening now are infections that happened maybe a week ago,” he said.
For Ricardo Mexia, this “huge pressure on health services” “has to do with this volume of new cases that appeared at the beginning of the year” and this pressure will continue for a few days.
“I am afraid the mortality rate will get worse,” he said.
The doctor warns that “everyone warned that it was important not to create the feeling that everything was resolved, and therefore people ended up having much more contact at Christmas and New Year’s Eve.”
In addition, “it was important to strengthen the media in time for when they should be able to work, so it was important that we had planned this response.”
“And now, here we are chasing loss, it is just a big loss and it is very difficult to contain it, it is a situation that can be avoided and now we have to push those numbers fast,” he said.
The doctor believes that “even more than the restrictive questions, which may have their role, the strengthening of the media, the improvement of communication and the clarity with which things are said, this can certainly be improved.”
“It should have improved in the past, but we still have time to fix it, to be more dynamic and clearer, to try to push this situation down, in order to achieve greater sustainability in what our response is. . “But in reality it will be difficult weeks,” he said.