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Doctors in Japan warns health system may ‘break down’

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

18th Apr, 2020. 03:31 pm
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Doctors in Japan have feared that the health system could face a decline in Japan due to new cases of coronavirus.

Officials say that emergency rooms have found it difficult to treat some patients with critical conditions as virus caused extra burden.

One ambulance carrying a patient with coronavirus symptoms was turned away by 80 hospitals before he could be seen.

According to details, there are more than 10, 000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Japan whereas more than 200 people have lost their lives. Tokyo has been the worst-affected city.

Konoshin Tamura, the deputy head of an association of GPs, told the international news agency, “This is to prevent the medical system from crumbling,”

“Everyone needs to extend a helping hand. Otherwise, hospitals would break down,” he added.

The government is also struggling to increase testing in the country by launching drive-through facilities. Experts say that fewer tests were conducted last week and this has disturbed to track the spread of the virus. Data from Oxford

University highlighted that Japan conducted 16% of the number of PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests that South Korea conducted. The Japanese government said that conducting several tests was a “waste of resources”.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the government was changing its policy on testing.

“With help from regional medical associations, we will set up testing centers,” he told a news conference.

“If home doctors have decided testing is necessary, test samples are taken at these centers and sent to private inspection firms,” he said. “Thus, the burden on public health centers will be lessened.”

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