The infectious ward in the Prilep hospital has been full for several weeks. The ward accommodates 30 patients, although under the new coronavirus pandemic operating protocols, the ward may not receive more than 18 patients.
In addition to the lack of hospital beds, the Prilep hospital also faces a shortage of staff. Four infectologists and ten active nurses, without a central supply of oxygen with bottles weighing over 30 kilograms and without additional help, are waging a painstaking battle for every human life day and night.
14 people have died there so far, in hospital rooms that are packed with several patients. With 25 new COVID-19 cases in the past two days and 42 deaths, Prilep, although one of the largest administrative centers in the country, still remains among the leading cities in the country after being infected with the coronavirus.