Lithuanian health minister calls situation in Klaipeda hospice 'scandalous'

  • 2020-04-20
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga describes the situation in a private Klaipeda hospice where most of the patients have been infected with the coronavirus as "scandalous", saying those responsible will be held to account. 

According to the minister, Klaipedos Hospisas had permission for only one bed, but it actually had almost 40 people in hospice care.  

"The latest information that we have from Klaipedos Hospisas is scandalous, to say the least," Veryga told a news conference. 

 "Specialists from the National Public Health Center who looked at the situation there found out that the facility had the hygiene passport for only one hospice bed and services," the minister said. "In fact, there were 38 beds and, unfortunately, most of the 38 patients are infected." 

"If all this situation is absolutely what it looks like, then the issue of responsibility of certain people will apparently be raised," he added.  

Thirty-three patients and ten staff members at the Klaipeda hospice have tested positive for the coronavirus.