Two regions correspond to the indicators of the "orange" zone: Donetsk (the dynamics of hospitalizations is 66.3% with a rate of less than 50%) and Chernivtsi (bed occupancy is 65.9% with a rate of no more than 65%). Also, the incidence rates were exceeded in Donetsk (269) and Chernivtsi (479) regions. The rest of the regions are yellow.
The growth rates of new diseases exceed the highs of previous waves, say NAS scientists. According to the forecast, the wave of Covid-19 in Ukraine will continue to grow. In early October, the number of new infections will exceed 10,000.
Against the background of the growing epidemic, news began to come from the regions that hospitals could not cope with the influx of patients. It is noted that most of them are unvaccinated. For example, in Kharkiv, patients are taken to hospitals in neighboring settlements, and in Ivano-Frankivsk in the Central City Clinical Hospital and in the City Clinical Hospital No. 1, almost all beds are filled.
We understand what the situation looks like in hospitals in the regions that are most affected by the coronavirus, and talk about the steps taken by the government in the face of the spread of the Delta strain.
The government prepares for "explosive growth in the number of patients"
Today, the Cabinet of Ministers has decided to allocate 7 million USD for additional payments to doctors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
They also allocated 14 million USD to provide a centralized oxygen supply in covid hospitals.
Health Minister Viktor Lyashko said that you need to be prepared for an "explosive growth in the number of patients" during the circulation of the Delta strain. He added that more than 250 hospitals are already ready, providing specialized care, they are distributed to institutions of various waves of response. The capacity of the institutions of the first wave has almost 42 thousand beds. Also, 14,790 oxygen concentrators, 161 computed tomographs, and 148 X-ray machines were purchased and received in the regions.
The Ministry of Health advised choosing the fastest possible vaccination. The more people get vaccinated, the less likely it is to achieve a "red" level of epidemic safety.
The Ministry of Health also promised to deliver "innovative drugs for coronavirus" to all regions by the end of this week. These are US-made Bamlanivimab and Etesevimab. These are drugs that treat coronavirus thanks to monoclonal antibodies. They were handed over with the assistance of the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States as humanitarian aid.
The situation in the regions
Kharkiv region. recorded another anti-record for the number of cases of coronavirus: 976 people fell ill, 27 people died in a day. The situation in the region differs from the situation in Kharkiv. Most of the cases in the region are residents of Kharkiv. In Kharkiv itself, the workload of hospitals reached 90%, so the townspeople are taken to regional hospitals.
The region employs 1897 beds - 62% of the total number of beds in the hospital base. The list of 13 hospitals will be supplemented by the Regional Dispensary for Radiation Protection of the Population and the Kharkiv Maternity Hospital No. 2. They will begin accepting patients from October 1 (the hospital base will increase by 280 beds and will amount to 3295 beds). In case of further deterioration of the situation, patients will be admitted to the hospital of war veterans and the 18th city hospital of Kharkiv.
As of September 28, the Regional Children's Infectious Diseases Hospital was half full, reports "Suspilne". Approximately 30% of health workers of all specialties are required. Now there are 157 children in the hospital, four are in intensive care (on oxygen supply without a device). According to the director of the medical institution Dmytro Kukhar, over the past two weeks, patients with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 have tripled. Up to 50 children are accepted per day.
Doctors warned that if the authorities delay the expansion of hospitals, then, for example, one hospital will have to put 300 beds instead of 60. Not only corridors will be used, but also dining rooms with cabinets for manipulation.
"The orderlies and nurses are knocked down to serve so many patients. Injections, IVs, pills. The girls run to the corridors at a run, there is no time to sit down," says one of the hospital employees.
A few days ago, Kharkiv volunteer Natalya Popova posted a photo from the regional hospital on Facebook: beds with patients are right in the corridors on all three floors.
- Ivano-Frankivsk region also shows a sharp increase in the number of patients. Many oxygen-dependent patients are admitted to the hospital. This was discussed on September 29 at an operational meeting with mayor Ruslan Martsinkiv.
Patients from nearby villages and districts are brought to the city's hospitals since city health care institutions are recognized as supporting ones. In the Central City Clinical Hospital and the City Clinical Hospital No. 1, almost all beds for patients are filled.
The head of the city clinical hospital No. 1 Taras Vasylyk noted that among those hospitalized in September at the City Clinical Hospital No. 1, only three people were vaccinated.
In Ivano-Frankivsk, hospitals that accept patients with COVID-19 are 70% full, Mayor Ruslan Martsinkiv said on Facebook.
"Since September, we have seen a rapid increase in morbidity. The occupancy of our hospitals is now 70%. They are working at full capacity. We are already talking about opening additional departments," Martsinkiv wrote.
- Chernivtsi region. 753 people are in hospitals as of September 29. Of these, 665 patients were confirmed to have coronavirus, the rest were suspicious. Over the past day, 78 people were hospitalized.
In the region this week, two new hospital bases for covid patients were deployed: in the Glybokskiy multidisciplinary hospital (now it accepts only residents of the district, if the situation worsens, Chernivtsi residents will be admitted) and in the Chernivtsi perinatal center (they will accept pregnant patients with coronavirus). Deputy Chairman of the Chernivtsi Regional State Administration Natalya Husak said that in total there are 9 hospital bases deployed in Bukovina.
“Just this week we added two more hospital bases. Before that, there were seven. The maximum number of beds deployed was 21 last year. Now we have 9 of them. perinatal center,” said Natalia Gusak.
- Cherkasy region. In one of the hospitals, the beds are already 90% full and there is not enough medical staff. There are 95 patients in the coronavirus hospital, now only 15 beds are available.