As a result of the donation, RHUH’s total bed capacity has increased to 54 adult and 5 neonatal ICU beds, in addition to 72 regular beds, according to Abiad. “Our nursing department has been diligently training our new recruits for the job,” he continued.
Though the expansion is certainly helpful, Abiad, who said more than 20 critical cases were admitted on a daily basis in the hospital’s emergency room for the past 2 weeks, noted that he does not expect the hospital’s ER staff to get “any respite.”
“There are a lot of sick Covid patients, and this is not a time for rest,” he stressed.
Finally, Abiad emphasized that it is “the moral duty of all hospitals to increase their bed capacity as much as possible.”
“Covid, however, cannot be defeated in hospitals. In the time of Coronavirus, we should celebrate when we finally close ICUs, not when we open them,” he concluded.