Soldiers build intensive care ward

The emergency intensive care unit built by soldiers in the car park of a hospital in Enschede on Thursday night is expected to be ready for patients on Friday morning, reports news service ANP.

Around 50 soldiers were called in to build the temporary facility following the discovery that three patients in the intensive care unit of the Medisch Spectrum Twente hospital were infected with the resistant bacteria acinetobacter baumanni.
The emergency unit has 12 beds and is similar to that used by Dutch soldiers stationed at Kamp Nederland in Afghanistan.
The hospital’s chairman Herre Kingma says it could be months before patients can return to the intensive care department which will be decontaminated and then renovated.

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