HONG KONG (dpa) – Hong Kong’s intensive care units are struggling to cope with one of the worst flu outbreaks in recent years, reports said Sunday.
More than 90 per cent of the city’s wards for patients with life-threatening conditions are full, and doctors were working 24-hour shifts to cope with the demand, Dr Seamus Siu Yuk Leung of the Frontline Doctor’s Union was quoted saying by the South China Morning Post.
He said doctors were under “immense pressure,” and could be strained if the epidemic worsens.
The issue is compounded by the shortage of doctors willing to work in the intensive care units, he said.
As of Saturday, 140 patients had died, 24 of them children, while 214 people have been admitted into intensive care since January 2, the government said.