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Voiculescu: After 18:00, 'Babes' problem was confirmed, ventilators suddenly stopped working

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Vlad Voiculescu

The Minister of Health, Vlad Voiculescu, said that he found out about the death of the three people at "Victor Babes" Hospital in Bucharest, Monday, after 18:00, specifying that from the information he has, in the ICU Trucks "all ventilators suddenly stopped working".

"After 18:00 the problem at "Victor Babes" was confirmed. The first thing I did was to call other hospitals to make sure that there is room for patients to be transferred, after which, some time between 18:30 and 19:00, I reached the hospital", the minister of Health declared on Tuesday, during a press conference, agerpres.ro confirms.

"The priority was to finding room for patients," he highlighted.

Vlad Voiculescu specified that he spoke on Monday, after 18:00, with the head of the Department for Emergency Situations, Raed Arafat.

"I spoke with Mr. Arafat shortly after 18:00, and the procedure was pretty clear for the hospital - first there is an attempt to save the patients, patient transfer, (...) after which, being about the death of some people, the police needs to be notified. (...) I asked, once I reached the hospital, if the Police was announced. That was not confirmed, so I asked for the Police to be notified, and also, the family members to be immediately contacted," the minister said.

"What I know is that the ventilators suddenly stopped working. From the explanations I received from Dr. Arafat (...) we know that there was a problem linked with the oxygen pressure and that caused or would have caused all ventilators to shut down," Vlad Voiculescu said.

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