Ecuador’s Minister of Health, Juan Carlos Zevallos, admitted on Monday that there is “no” intensive care unit in the country’s capital, Quito, related to the coronavirus pandemic, while he said the situation “is not serious”.
“I am saying this clearly: it does not exist because it is a dynamic process and there are people waiting for (a bed),” said Zevallos in an interview with Ecuavisa.
According to the Minister of Health, patients who need to be treated in intensive care units due to COVID-19 are cared for in adapted units in health centers. “So it is not serious that there is no intensive care bed” “
“Patients are cared for in intensive care units and there are eight times less mortality in intensive care units in the emergency room (…) than in Guayaquil compared to Quito. We had time to react,” he defended during his speech, which was published by the local newspaper ‘El Comercio ‘was collected.