With thousands of cases of influenza reported in Perth, the hospitals in the state are suffering from the shortage of beds for patients coming in for treatment.
Around 1,300 people were down with the flu in the state past week. According to the Queensland Health figures, around 9,000 people have been affected by influenza till date in 2016. It has, therefore, requested experts to ask the public to opt for proper vaccination to stay away from the flu.
With the considerable volume of patients reporting flu, the Perth hospitals are experiencing a “perfect storm” of people, thereby leading to the emergency departments reach the crisis point. The Australian Medical Association WA president Andrew Miller claimed that the winter solution for the influenza season initiated by the Barnett Government has completely failed.
The West Australian medical body’s president said that the EDs of the well-known hospitals in the state have been code black that showed the hospitals inability to accommodate many patients for flu treatment. He added that the directors were working on the matter and were trying to discharge patients while trying to allot beds to limited patients.
“There doesn’t seem to be any contingency plan from the Health Department as to how to deal with these flu cases on top of the constant code black situation that our hospitals have been in, so we think this is a disaster. It’s the perfect storm,” Perth Now quoted Miller as saying.
The Acting executive director of communicable diseases, Heidi Carroll, said that it is between May and October when the flu cases are reported the most. The director said that the flu season in the state of Queensland was “well underway.” Carroll added that in most of the cases of influenza, the victims are elderly people or young children and pregnant women. People already under some kind of medication are also seen affected by the flu.
WA Health’s report on “Virus Watch” released on Aug. 14 stated the wide increase in the cases of flu in Perth saying that the cases have “increased sharply in the past few weeks and are now higher” that observed in the past three years.