Two covid-19 patients died and a nurse was injured on Thursday in a fire in a hospital in southern Romania, in the fourth incident of this type in a medical center in the country, reported the Inspectorate of Emergency Situations (ISU).
“Two patients died and another 16 were transferred to another facility in Ploiesti because of the smoke that invaded the ground floor of the hospital,” ISU spokeswoman Raluca Vasiloae told AFP.
The nurse who suffered burns to 40% of her body was transferred to the Bucharest emergency hospital, Vasiloae said.
“An investigation should identify the causes of the fire,” Health Minister Attila Cseke told Digi24.
According to the hospital director, the center was renovated last year and its electrical installations and oxygen supply system were recently verified.
The fire occurred at a time when the country lacks intensive care beds, in the middle of the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
In October, a fire in the Constanta hospital (southeast) claimed the lives of seven covid-19 patients.
Another 20 patients died in two fires that devastated a hospital in Piatra Neamt (northeast) in November 2020, and one in Bucharest in January.
In April, three infected with the coronavirus in Bucharest died after a failure in the oxygen supply system.
Romania has old hospital infrastructure and the per capita budget for health is the lowest in the European Union.