Oman: 4% of ICU beds free amid COVID spike

Oman experiences shortage in hospital beds amid spike in COVID infections.

Oman is experiencing a rise in COVID cases

A sharp spike in COVID infections in Oman has led to a serious shortage of free beds in hospital intensive care units (ICU). Roughly 94% of beds are occupied leaving just 14 ICU spaces free according to national daily Times of Oman reported. 

Due to so many COVID cases occupying bed spaces, staff are struggling to expand ICU’s further to meet the current pandemic demands, according to Dr Faryal Al-Lawati. 

“Vacant beds in hospitals cannot be occupied by just COVID-19 patients, and if we do increase the number of beds for them, by converting existing beds to one designed for intensive care, it means we have to reduce other health services provided, in exchange for more coronavirus admissions,” she said.

Some essential and non-essential operations have been postponed, highlighting how bad the situation is. 

Dr Al-Lawati added that further non-covid related health services might be halted if the current surge doesn’t slow down.

Data analyst Ibrahim Al-Maimani said that on March 31, the number of patients in hospitals reached 515, while April 12 witnessed a 46 percent increase in admissions reaching 751 cases.

“There is also an increase in the number of intensive care admissions during the same period with a rise of 78 inpatients from 156 on March 31 to reach 234 cases by the April 12,” he added.

The total number of infections recorded in the country stands at 173,029 with 153,986 recoveries and 1,789 deaths. 

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