Vilnius considers Litexpo, arenas, stadiums as locations for makeshift hospitals

  • 2020-03-24
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Vilnius' officials are considering the Litexpo exhibition center, sports arenas and covered stadiums as possible locations for makeshift coronavirus treatment centers.

"First of all, we are planning to transform Litexpo into a makeshift treatment center," Povilas Poderskis, the director of administration at Vilnius Municipality, told BNS, adding that they might start outfitting the exhibition center this week if the formalities are completed.   

The official said the municipality would cover the cost of setting up such makeshift wards. 

Other possible locations include the capital's Siemens and Jeep arenas, and covered stadiums in the neighborhoods of Pilaite and Karoliniskes, he said. 

If needed, all basketball courts, covered stadiums and schools as well as some parking lots could be turned into makeshift hospitals for patients with minor symptoms, according to Poderskis. 

"We are speaking about those who don't need additional medical equipment," the municipal official said. 

If the capital's hospitals run out of room for seriously ill patients, outpatient polyclinics could be transformed into intensive care wards, he said.