TALLINN - The capacity of Estonian hospitals to provide intensive care has not been exhausted, but the workload of hospitals is due to start growing a week or a week-and-a-half from the present, medical chief at the Estonian Health Board's crisis management headquarters Arkadi Popov said on Monday.
"We are gearing up for battle," Popov told reporters. "Time will show when it will start."
He observed that the trend in the hospitalization of patients has been an upward one all the time. He also emphasized that the intensive care capacity of Estonian hospitals has not been exhausted.
According to Popov, doctors at present are not focusing on how to they would be selecting patients in a potential very bad situation, but on how to treat them.
Popov said that there might be a time about a week or one-and-a-half weeks from now when the burden on hospitals starts to increase.
He described care homes as the number one priority now, as residents of care homes mostly are in the at-risk group and the course of the illness in them is more serious.
"We are busy stopping the outbreaks in care homes," he said.