Making Ireland's private hospitals public was one of the government's actions to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

THE coronavirus pandemic that spreads around the world generates a common concern among all nations: overloading the health system. As the virus is highly transmissible, hospitals are often unable to cope with a rapid escalation of severe cases of the disease.

With that in mind, the government of ireland has taken a step towards integrating hospitals as part of the public health system in the country during the pandemic. This came after a series of actions, such as encouraging remote work and closing schools. At a press conference held on 23 March, Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, declared that “there could be no space for the public versus the private”.

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At the same event, the minister of health Simon Harris, spoke about the decision. “Of course we need to have equal treatment, patients with this virus will be treated for free and will be treated as part of a single national hospital service,” he said.

“During the crisis, the state will take control of all private hospital facilities and manage all resources for the common benefit of all our people. There can be no room for public versus private when it comes to a pandemic,” he added.

Ireland: a good example in the fight against coronavirus

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Irish Prime Minister during a press conference. Photo: Disclosure

THE Ireland was considered a good example in the speed of combating the coronavirus - even more so compared to the countries of the United Kingdom. The country is now preparing to start the first phase of its lockdown, which is due to start on May 18.

With the correct timing, the country began rapid social isolation and was able to contain the virus more easily than its neighbors. “We reacted earlier than the UK. This reaction contributed to better results,” said infectious disease specialist Samuel McConkey, a professor at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

“The UK delay has increased the number of cases and may have caused difficulties for the public health system. In fact, we didn't do anything very different. We just did it earlier,” said the expert to BBC network.

Other countries also had outstanding actions, such as Bulgaria, where politicians donated their salaries for hospitals in the fight against the pandemic

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