In this time of crisis, German hospitals have come to the rescue for patients from Italy and France. Germany’s surplus of critical hospital beds aid in assisting critical patients.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen day by day, international help becomes all the more necessary. Europe seems to be the worst hit continent by the virus as it has spread all over very rapidly.
Within Europe, Italy and Spain have been the worst hit by the virus with over 17,100 and 14,500 deaths respectively. France is not too far behind with over 10,000 fatalities.
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As a result, several European countries have proposed corona bonds as a solution to overcome this crisis. Corona bonds are essentially a debt. However, some of the more prosperous countries like Germany, Netherlands, and Austria have opposed this methodology.
Consequently, these nations have faced severe criticisms from the rest of the EU, and as a result of this criticism, the good work of German hospitals has gone unnoticed.
Since Germany has been fairly successful at managing the crisis, and have a surplus of resources, they are assisting patients from Italy and France in treatment.
Not Just Better Healthcare But A Bigger Heart
Because of the rapidly increasing cases in both Italy and France, German hospitals are willing to provide help to the patients to fight this pandemic. As of now, Italy and France have had over 135,000 and 109,000 cases respectively.
Considering most of Europe is finding it difficult to battle this pandemic, Germany has relatively been unscathed despite the high number of cases. Germany has had over 107,000 cases but the death toll is much lower as compared to its neighbors.
German Hospitals’ Assistance Vital in Italy and France Combating Coronavirus
Moreover, the higher capacity and resources in German hospitals allows Germany to provide care to a higher number of patients. According to 2011 data, Germany had approximately 29 critical care beds per 100,000 people as compared to Italy’s 12.5.
As per a report, Germany has transferred around 50 Italian patients in critical condition to hospitals all over the country in the past week alone. Moreover, they have also taken in 63 patients from Alsace, which is one of Frances’ worst-hit regions.
How were Patients Transported
Patients are currently being transported by each country's air forces since the borders are currently closed. As the Italian plane only had space for two ventilated patients, Germany assisted them by providing an airbus which can transport six a day. They are being taken to hospitals in Leipzig.
Concerns of Contamination
Since most of the doctors in Germany have not yet taken care of critically ill patients, there are concerns of contamination. However, the hospitals are confident that they will be able to take care of the situation.
Professor Gerhard Hindricks, medical director of Leipzig Heart Centre, said that they have “strict rules and regulations in regard to hygiene. Hence, as long as they stick to hygiene protocols “meticulously, contamination is very unlikely.”
Strategy to Combat Disease
In order for the EU to combat the disease, they obviously need a collective response. Doctors from all over Europe are advising each other. Professor Hindricks stated that there are already multiple channels between doctors in Italy, France, Germany, and the UK.
Professor Hindricks highlighted that they were already “exchanging best practices and advising each other on the purchase of equipment.”
Corona Bonds Debate Overshadows German Hospitals’ Assistance
However, the debates involving corona bonds to tackle the coronavirus disease overshadows the efforts of German hospitals. Corona bonds is essentially a debt which the EU will incur, to which all European countries will be liable to repay.
However, since German Chancellor Angela Merkel opposed the idea of a mutual debt methodology, several people have criticized Germany. Austria and the Netherlands were also criticized for supporting the same.
These nations have been severely criticized as highly insensitive for their opposition, as poorer countries do not have the capacity to incur interests on individual loans.
International politics often overshadows the assistance
It is strange how international politics often overshadows the assistance provided by countries at a local level. Although Germany has declined the option of corona bonds, their hospitals are still assisting in the recovery of several Italian and French patients.
Having said that, Germany is aware that this is a global crisis and that a collective effort is required in overcoming it. At the same time, they are unwilling to take on a financial burden at this time considering there is a global recession.