Japan’s health system in ‘state of war’ as COVID-19 spreads

2022-05-01 0 By

As the coronavirus continues to spread in Japan, medical systems in many parts of the country are in a state of emergency, said a hospital director in Osaka.According to yomiuri TV, the medical system in Osaka, where bed utilization rate is “extremely tight,” is in a “severe situation.” Kunio Wada, director of Sakai Banwa Hospital in Osaka prefecture, said in an interview with the media, “The weekend is like a state of war.””I have been the head of an emergency hospital for about 40 years and this is the first time I have seen this kind of situation,” Wada said. “It doesn’t happen in major natural disasters.”The hospital has been full of beds for the past two weeks, but 26 COVID-19 patients requested admission on Monday, according to the report.The hallmarks of the omicron strain will also be felt on the medical front, the report said.”There are many people who have received three vaccinations,” Wada was quoted as saying. “Elderly people who have been transferred from institutions quickly become severe, which means they need to go to the emergency room for intubation and artificial respiration.”In Japan, a growing number of COVID-19 patients are dying at home because they cannot be hospitalized.For example, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun, the Osaka Prefecture government announced on Monday that a man in his 60s who had no underlying medical conditions deteriorated after contracting COVID-19 on January 30, but was forced to stay at home because he could not find a hospital that could accommodate him. He died at home on January 31.(Source: Huanqiu)