Aruba expands its ICU capacity from 6 to 33 units

Dit item is gearchiveerd op 14-05-2020.

ORANJESTAD - On April 13, 2020, the Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital Management announced that they now have 33 intensive care units. 

This came to fruition after many efforts and deliberation between the Governments of Aruba and the Netherlands on the expansion of the Intensive Care Units in Aruba.  COVID-19 is a very contagious virus and in worst cases can cause complications that require hospitalization. 

Worldwide countries are having shortages of medical equipment, medications and personnel to take care of patients who have complications due to the COVID-19. Without proper medical resources, medical facilities cannot provide an adequate treatment which can result in fatalities due to complications caused by the Coronavirus.

At the beginning of this crisis, Aruba‚Äôs hospital was equipped with 6 Intensive Care units and with hard work they managed to expand this to 21 units. These 21 units were not enough for a possible massive breakout, and after deliberations with the Netherlands, they now have expanded to 33 intensive care units. 

The Government pledged its commitment should it be deemed necessary to expand the ICU units with additional units. This will guarantee adequate and on-time medical care for everyone who develops complications due to this virus. Large scale testing locates infected persons in an early stage of infections making it possible to monitor the progress of the viral infection continuously and making it possible to provide enough rooms, medications and medical treatment for a full recovery in case of complications. 

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