Kazakhstan closes provisional hospitals for COVID-19 patients as country’s epidemiological situation improves
The novel coronavirus is backing away – the number of patients who recovered from COVID-19 in Kazakhstan is rising. In total, nearly 94,000 coronavirus patients in the country reported to have recovered. Almaty recorded a total of 12,701 recoveries, the highest number in Kazakhstan. Nearly the same number of patients, who recovered from coronavirus, were registered in the Kazakh capital of Nur-Sultan. The population rejoices at the fact that provisional hospitals for coronavirus-infected patients are being closed one after another in the country.
Nine hospitals in Almaty region returned to their previous mode of operation and resumed scheduled patient appointments – for them, the fight on the COVID-19 frontline is over. However, in case a new coronavirus wave happens this fall, it is likely that these medical facilities will again turn into hospitals for the coronavirus-infected patients. Local authorities are also vigilant. A modular infectious diseases hospital with 200 beds is being built in Taldykorgan. It should be commissioned in October. The medicines supply issue has also been resolved in Almaty region. There should be enough medications for at least the next two months.
“In addition, Kazakh Health Ministry allocated nearly 120 ventilators to us, and another 100 ventilators are being purchased by local executive bodies. Almaty region Governor also supported us, and there will be a purchase of two new CT scanners, X-ray equipment and other equipment,” said Head of the Health Department of Almaty region Omirzak Niyazbekov.
Previously, Kazakh Health Ministry reported that eight provisional hospitals treating coronavirus-infected patients in the country have been closed. Those hospitals for COVID-19 patients that are still working are reducing the number of beds. This is happening due to the decrease in the number of patients diagnosed with coronavirus infection or pneumonia with COVID-19 symptoms.