According to a report in The Yeshiva World news, Maayanei Hayeshua hospital in Bnei Brak has run out of ventilators.
“We currently have 28 patients on ventilators, 12 of whom are coronavirus patients,” said Professor Motti Ravid, the hospital’s director.
“Show me another hospital in Israel which has 15% of its patients on ventilators. We’re within Bnei Brak and we need to accept the entire burden of the city. We need help.”
He added that the Health Ministry had responded to his request to send more ventilators, but that some of the monitors were not usable, and that the hospital could no longer accept serious coronavirus cases if they needed ventilation.
In response, Professor Ronni Gamzu, director of Ichilov hospital in nearby Tel Aviv, stated that he would accept the overflow patients. “Transfer them to us,” he said.
“Ichilov is ready and prepared to accept them immediately for the sake of the health of our brothers, the residents of Bnei Brak.”
Bnei Brak currently has 1,460 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, of whom 26 are in serious condition.
Contrary to popular opinion, Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community was not trying to flout coronavirus directives. The government, effectively abandoned it.