Doctors report rapid outbreak of pneumonia in Nur-Sultan

Doctors report rapid outbreak of pneumonia in Nur-Sultan

The number of patients of the infectious hospitals in Nur-Sultan increased three times comparing to the last week, reported Saule Kisikova, Head of the city’s Public Healthcare Department, at a briefing in the Central Communications Service.

“Every day hospitals in the city receive nearly 350 to 400 people infected with coronavirus and pneumonia. The number of people in infectious and provisional hospitals increased to 2,500. 91 percent of them are in a moderate and serious condition, while 9 percent are in critical and extremely critical condition,” she said.

She also informed that 103 patients are in the intensive care unit now. 51 of them are infected with COVID-19. 22 people are connected to ventilators.

“Over the week, the number of cases with pneumonia has increased from 80 to 600 per day. 1,351 more beds have been allocated to infectious and provisional hospitals since June 12 via re-profiling of the hospital beds of city, departmental and republican medical institutions,” commented Saule Kisikova.

830 more beds were prepared in the last three days. The head of the city’s Public Healthcare Department said that today the National Scientific Medical Center added 200 more beds for patients with coronavirus. 12 healthcare organizations with the total of 3,135 hospital beds in Nur-Sultan are actively involved in the fight against COVID-19. Infectious and provisional hospitals are 79 percent full.

Saule Kisikova noted that the ambulance is overwhelmed at the moment. Medical staff managed to serve only 18,000 out of 28,000 calls in a week. The capital’s residents called the ambulance 4,500 times in the past day alone. Doctors are not able to come to every patient.

“The number of responded calls reached 2,800 in the past 24 hours, involving 4,438 coronavirus cases per week with the biggest number of 1,300 in the past day,” said Saule Kisikova.

A call-center was established based on the ambulance to advise the population. The line receives an average of up to 500 calls per day.