Hospitals in Osaka, Japan’s second-largest city are being hit by coronavirus, running out of beds and respirators as exhausted doctors warn us of a “collapse of the system” and advise them not to continue with the Olympics this summer.
The speed with which Osaka’s health care system has been disrupted confirms the difficulty of having a global drama in two months, especially when half of Japan’s medical staff have completed treatment.
“In short, this is a medical breakdown,” said Yuji Tohda, director of Kindai University Hospital in Osaka.
“People the most dangerous races of Britain and a decrease in interest has led to a dramatic increase in patients. ”
Japan avoided a major outbreak that other countries experienced but the Osaka government has been suffering from the fourth hurricane, with 3,849 new tests a week to Thursday.
This represents a five-fold jump over the same period of the previous three months.
About 14 percent of the state’s 13,770 COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized, leaving many to fend for themselves. Tokyo’s newest medical figure, is 37 percent.
The federal government agency sees prices of at least 25% as a trigger for emergencies.
As of Thursday, 96 per cent of the 348 hospital beds that Osaka had held for major cases were in use. As of March, 17 people have died of the disease outside government hospitals, officials say this month.
These changes can make young people very sick, and when they are very sick, patients find it difficult to recover, says Dr Toshiaki Minami, director of Osaka Medical and Pharmaceutical University Hospital (OMPUH).
“I believe that to this day many teenagers think that they are invincible. But this is not the case now. Everyone is at risk equally. ”
Breaking the point
Minami said a vendor recently told him that stocks of propofol, an essential drug used to calm patients with congestion, are very low, while Tohda Hospital no longer has access to respirators that require COVID-19 patients.
Caring for HIV-positive patients in the event of a crisis for staff members, says Satsuki Nakayama, head of the nursing department at OMPUH.
“I have an intensive care unit (ICU) that says they have reached the point where they are disrupted,” he added. “I have to think about a change in staff to bring in people from another hospital.”
About 500 doctors and 950 nurses work at OMPUH, which oversees 832 beds. Ten out of 16 ICU beds have been provided to viral patients. Twenty of the 140 patients admitted to the hospital have died at the ICU.
Yasunori Komatsu, who heads the civil service union, said things were also difficult for health care nurses in the medical field, who liaised between patients and medical institutions.
“Some of them are spending 100, 150, 200 extra hours of overtime and this has been happening for a year now… after work, sometimes they go home once or twice in the morning and go to bed just to wake up to call three or four.”
Medical professionals who have witnessed the tragedy of Osaka’s epidemic do not consider running the Tokyo Games, which run from July 23 to August 8. The Tokyo Medical Practitioners Association has already called for an end to the practice under pressure from hospitals in the city.
“The Olympic Games must be stopped, because we have already failed to prevent the emergence of new species from England, and the result could be the legacy of other Indian races,” said Akira Takasu, chief medical officer at OMPUH.
He speaks of a updates available for the first time in India that the World Health Organization (WHO) chose to be a concern for the first study after it showed that it is easily spread.
“At the Olympics, 70,000 or 80,000 athletes and people have come to this country from all over the world. This could lead to another disaster during the summer. ”