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Hospital Director Confirms Harrowing Reality of Hungary’s Hospitals

Tamás Vaski 2021.04.28.

Hungary’s coronavirus related fatalities are still incredibly high, its hospitals are overwhelmed, but vaccination willingness continues to be much too low, László Bucsi says. Director of the Fejér County Saint George University Hospital, Bucsi came forward to speak of the reality that exists in Hungary’s hospitals today, as “most people still do not know what is going on.”

Bucsi decided to speak on the issue, despite being told by Hungarian authorities not to, since very few people are registered for vaccination in Székesfehérvár, and a fourth wave of the virus may be on its way.

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The Hungarian government is not allowing independent media to enter hospitals and provide coverage on Covid-wards. It has also disallowed healthcare workers from sharing their experiences working in intensive care units.

Although 7,100 vaccine doses arrived in the city on Saturday, the number of Székesfehérvár residents registered for vaccination did not even reach three thousand.

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The hospital director emphasized that since last week, Fejér is the most infected county in the Transdanubia (Dunántúl) region, and on a national level it is in second place.

Intensive units, he said, normally cost HUF 400 million (EUR 1.1 million) to operate every year, but this year in January alone they costed one billion forints (EUR 2.76 million).

Even with these costs, 84 percent of people on ventilators at Bucsi’s hospital do not make it off the machines, which is comparatively low to the rest of Hungary’s hospitals, some of which reach ventilator fatalities above 90 percent.

Their hospital had prepared 125 intensive care beds for Covid patients, but for the past two and a half weeks only two were available.

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Bucsi stated that the hospital needed to rent two refrigerated containers, because there was no space for the dead bodies of the virus’ victims elsewhere. Two weeks ago even these were completely filled.

The first [wave] was very mild, the second slightly more severe, and the third was extremely severe, but the fourth will take away half the country, if [the virus] returns. And the only solution to this is the vaccine, and it does not matter which vaccine, the vaccine helps.”

Bucsi’s complete statement in Hungarian is available on Fehérvár FMC’s YouTube channel.

Featured photo illustration by Attila Balázs/MTI