Bulgaria in desperate need of doctors

A health worker prepares to carry out PCR tests for COVID-19 at Pirogov hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria, 24 July 2020. [EPA-EFE/VASSIL DONEV]

As Bulgaria reported a record number of 1,472 new daily COVID-19 infections and 29 related deaths on Thursday, the biggest concern for the Bulgarian authorities is the lack of doctors in hospitals.

Hospitals in the capital, Sofia, and a number of other cities in the country have called for help because a significant number of their medical staff are overworked or infected with the virus. In just one day, 45 doctors became infected in the country.

The government has called for help from doctors who practice outside hospitals, as well as medical students.

“Most of the doctors who are fighting the infection on the front line are overtired, some are sick. We need help, “said Health Minister Kostadin Angelov.

By Monday (26 October), all medical institutions in Sofia will have to provide staffed special wards for the treatment of COVID-19.

(Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)

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