The Minister of Health, Alexandru Rafila, states that the idea that the buildings where old hospitals operate should be demolished is false, pointing out that bacteria and viruses are not in the walls, but in the sanitary installations that need to be changed, according to News.ro.
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“The matter of bacteria and viruses entering the walls is a story. They don’t go into the walls and stay there, this thing can be solved. The biggest problem is at the level of sanitary installations which, indeed, host, very often, microorganisms”, the minister explained to Prima News.
Asked on Monday, in a show on Prima News, if he agrees with the voices that claim that some old hospitals should be demolished, because the buildings can no longer be used safely, due to the risk of nosocomial infections, the Minister of Health stated that this is the case in some of the hospitals.
“In some situations yes, in other situations no. I have seen old buildings perfectly rehabilitated – in Bistriţa, Strehaia, for example, I found old buildings, but perfectly rehabilitated – this basically means a reconstruction and the complete change of sanitary installations or other installations that make them compatible with the needs of the moment. Others, certainly, especially very large constructions, difficult to rehabilitate, should be completely replaced with new ones. I think that those buildings that are smaller, modular, can be rehabilitated.
The matter of bacteria and viruses entering the walls is a story. They don’t go into the walls and stay there, this thing can be solved. The biggest problem is at the level of sanitary installations which, indeed, very often host microorganisms and only their complete change allows to avoid colonization with microorganisms with pathogenic potential”, said Alexandru Rafila.
Rafila showed that those buildings where hospitals can no longer function can receive other destinations, they do not necessarily have to be demolished.
He emphasized that in the case of any rehabilitation, the need to organize salons “with as few beds as possible”, possibly with a single bed and with its own bathroom, must be taken into account.