Delhi hospitals lack oxygen supply

At least two hospitals in Delhi, the capital of India, are deficient in oxygen during the medical crisis that has hit several states in the country.

Many people died while waiting for oxygen supply, and most of the intensive care units in Delhi hospitals are full.

India is on the verge of a second wave of Covid infections.

The country has nearly 16 million confirmed infectious diseases and saw a record number of cases on Thursday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet with the affected state chief ministers and oxygen manufacturers on Friday.

In a tweet labeled “SOS” sent Friday morning, Max Healthcare said it had been waiting for the expected fresh supply at the two hospitals for more than seven hours.

700 patients are hospitalized in two facilities.

Recently, several other hospitals in Delhi have stated that they are deficient in oxygen or their supply is declining rapidly.

The other three Indian states (Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Hariyana) are also facing serious oxygen deficiencies, but other states like Maharashtra are depleted of supply.

On Thursday, India recorded the best daily tally of new cases anywhere in the world.

There have been 314,835 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with an increase of 2,104 deaths.

According to Delhi television station NDTV, state officials have stopped moving oxygen tankers to other states. Some facilities have been accused of storing supplies.

Saurabh Baladwaji, an Indian politician being treated at Covid Hospital in Delhi, posted a petition on Twitter for help in Hindi. He said there was only three hours of oxygen left where he was.

Politician Saurabh Bharadwaj speaks from his hospital bed

Politician Saurabh Bharadwaj speaks from his hospital bed

“Many people are dependent on oxygen, and without oxygen, these people would die in the same way that fish would die in the absence of water,” he said. “This is the time when everyone gets together to work.”

Delhi is known to be one of the best medical facilities in India, but has kneeled due to the recent surge, says BBC India correspondent Yogita Limaiye.

The family has been waiting for hours to perform the funeral, according to Reuters, and at least one Delhi crematorium relied on building a crematorium in the parking lot to handle the number of arrivals. I am. The crematorium carries out a large number of cremations and works day and night in some cities.

“In the first stages of the coronavirus, the average here was 8-10, one day it reached 18, but today it’s very very It’s a bad situation. I cremated 78 bodies last night, “he told Reuters.

“This is four times as scary, this coronavirus … there are a lot of corpses around and waiting. There is no place to cremate in the crematorium. Very bad times, very bad times,” he adds. Crematorium.

A doctor who works in a public hospital in southern India and wants to remain anonymous said tensions are rising.

“Patients are trying to hit the doctor,” they told the BBC. “They do everything, and even [hospital] Management is also blaming doctors. It’s a stressful environment. “

“Currently, we use almost 99% of the oxygen ports, but only 1% of the rest. This is a very dire situation.”

A woman lying on a rickshaw waiting for medical assistance

Delhi is one of the best medical facilities in India, but it is overwhelming and more than 99% of all intensive care units are full.

In the UK, a travel ban for visitors from India has come into effect. British and Irish citizens can continue to enter the country, but must stay in a government-designated quarantine hotel for 10 days.

Canada has suspended passenger flights for 30 days and Singapore has tightened restrictions on travelers from India.

A family story

Sukhbinder Singh lives in Leicester, England, and her mother, 90-year-old Harbans Kaur, told the BBC that she and seven of his family members died in Delhi on Wednesday after a positive Covid-19 test. It was.

The nursing home refused to allow the family to admit Mr. Cowl without taking care of her, but no one was enough to do so and she had to stay home.

“After several phone calls and begging, I was able to organize a cremation through a charity for my mother, which was done in some normal rituals,” he added. .. “But there is no final farewell by the family, and it is very difficult to mentally deal with her memory of death.”

Shin’s brother and sister-in-law were admitted to a hospital in Delhi and were able to use their contact information in India to get the medicine and oxygen they needed. Black market.

“My lower middle class family can’t afford to pay a lot of private hospital costs and treatment costs. What about poor daily bets that even paracetamol can’t buy?”

Why did it get so bad?

The January pandemic was relatively restrained, but the situation has been getting worse since then for a variety of reasons.

In India, the number of cases has skyrocketed in the past month due to loose safety protocols. Hindu festival attended by millions of people And Viral variants, Includes “double mutant” strains.

Political parties have been criticized for holding a huge state election rally in West Bengal, including one by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The government has defended the decision to continue the phased voting, but Indian electoral bodies are currently banning campaign rallies.

What kind of action are you taking?

Prime Minister Modi chaired a high-level meeting on Thursday to discuss oxygen supply Government statementHe was told that “elaborate exercises” were underway to allow state governments to identify their needs and supply oxygen.

According to the statement, canisters are airlifted and aboard direct trains to speed up oxygen transport throughout the country.

Healthcare professionals check the temperature of women lining up outside the polls during the sixth phase of the 2021 West Bengal Legislature elections in Kampa village.

Election rallies were banned due to outbreaks, but West Bengal is still voting for the Legislative Assembly

Currently, there is no national blockade and the region has its own rules.

Delhi announced a week-long blockade over the weekend. Keep only important services such as government agencies and hospitals, pharmacies, and grocery stores open.

More stringent regulations have been announced in Maharashtra, home of Mumbai, India’s richest region and financial center. It has also been a Covid hotspot since the pandemic began, accounting for a quarter of Indian cases.

What’s happening with Vaccine Drive?

Despite a promising start in January, India’s vaccination drive has been delayed.

Approximately 130 million doses have been administered so far, but the proportion is small due to the population of over 1 billion, including healthcare professionals, frontline staff, people over the age of 45, and Limited to business partners. -Morbidity.

According to experts, India is unlikely to reach its goal of covering 250 million people by July.

From May 1st, people over the age of 18 will also be eligible for the vaccine.But Insufficient dose, It can be even slower.

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