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Healthcare workers administered 1.37 million jabs last year, ran 8.6 million NATs

Outpatient consultations, emergency admissions and surgical operations all rose in 2021 as medical services struggled to contain Covid-19 pandemic.

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Outpatient consultations, emergency admissions and surgical operations all rose in 2021 as medical services struggled to contain Covid-19 pandemic.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:40 am

Health workers administered 8.62 million nucleic acid tests (NATs) for Covid-19 at Macao’s hospitals and primary healthcare establishments last year, the Statistics and Census Bureau has announced.

In a summary of healthcare data for 2021, the bureau said that last year 1.37 million vaccine doses were administered at local hospitals and primary healthcare establishments, an increase of 246.7 per cent year-on-year. Most of the jabs were inactivated Covid-19 Sinopharm vaccines (803,000 doses) and mRNA Covid-19 BioNTech vaccines (171,000 doses). 

Macao’s four hospitals provided 1,744 inpatient beds last year, an increase of 29 beds year-on-year. The number of inpatients rose by 7.5 per cent to 58,000, while the average hospital stay grew by 0.1 day to 7.7 days. The occupancy rate of inpatient beds increased by 4.5 percentage points to 70.7 per cent. 

Hospital outpatient consultations grew by 12.7 per cent year-on-year to 1.96 million, emergency service recipients rose by 13.8 per cent to 390,000, and surgeons performed 19,000 operations, up by 5.2 per cent. 

At the end of December, Macao had 724 primary healthcare establishments (including both public health centres and private clinics) to cater for a population of 683,200. 

Macao had 1,888 doctors and 2,742 nurses at the end of last year, up by 5.5 per cent and 6.8 per cent, The Macau Post Daily reported. 

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:40 am

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