Hospital buckles under record surge

India’s healthcare system is buckling as a record surge in Covid-19 cases puts pressure on hospital beds and depletes oxygen supplies.

Family members desperately appeal to sick relatives, and some patients do not receive treatment for hours.

The crematorium organizes a large number of funeral crematoriums.

On Friday, India set a world record for the second consecutive day, reporting 332,730 new cases of coronavirus. The death toll was 2,263 in 24 hours.

Oxygen crisis

Dr. Atrugogia, a consultant at Sirgangaram Hospital in Delhi, told the BBC that there was a “massive surge” in patients, leaving no space in the emergency room.

“We don’t have that many oxygen points. Whatever oxygen points there are, they are full. The patient has his own oxygen cylinder or no oxygen. We have I want to help them, but I don’t have enough beds and enough oxygen points to even supply it if there is oxygen, “he said.

“All our phone lines are blocked. People keep calling the helpline. There is a rush outside the hospital. The ambulance stops and the patient wants to get off, but the problem is There is no space.

“We are mobilizing and trying to get stable patients out of the hospital as soon as possible to increase turnarounds, but now it’s difficult.”

Analysis Box by Soutik Biswas, Indian Online Correspondent

Analysis Box by Soutik Biswas, Indian Online Correspondent

Every morning, for the past few days, I was awake on my phone with a humming sound of desperate messages asking for help.

People are looking for hospital beds, life-saving medications, oxygen and plasma for their infected and sick friends and relatives. Often, after a period of silence, the same people announce the death of their “patient”. My Twitter timeline is the Covid-19 War Room in India. This is because the state appears to have declined significantly.

Everything essential to save lives is missing or available in the black market. Then there is literally a virus “on your door”. In the past week, three buildings in the gated complex where I live have become “containment zones” and the entire skyscraper has been blocked due to too many infections. Day and night are full of helplessness, anxiety and fear. The bad news is unforgiving.

The Supreme Court of India calls this a “national emergency.” This is beyond emergency. As one of India’s leading virologists says, it is a “terrible system collapse.” In hotspots like Delhi and Mumbai, life itself is now a privilege.

MaharashtraThe most devastated state in India faces oxygen deficiency. In the state capital Mumbai At least 13 patients died after a fire broke out in the intensive care unit Of a hospital that treats Covid patients.

Two days ago, 24 Covid patients died elsewhere in the state after a leak blocked the flow of oxygen to the ventilator.

Max Healthcare, which runs 10 private hospitals on Friday morning Delhi, Prints a “SOS” message telling you that there is less than an hour of supply left at the two sites. The shortage was resolved later.

Workers arrange oxygen cylinders for transport to a hospital in Hyderabad, India (April 23)

Hospitals are struggling to get enough oxygen for Covid patients

Three other states- Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh And Haryana -We are also facing a serious shortage. The Indian Air Force is used to lift oxygen tankers and supplies to different parts of the country.

How is medical oxygen made?

The separation process takes air and breaks it down into various gases, including oxygen. Oxygen is then purified, supercooled and stored as a liquid. Liquids are less bulky than stored as gases.

Compressed oxygen is used to fill adiabatic tanks that feed hospitals, or individual patient canisters.

Vaporizers are used to return oxygen to the gas before supplying it to the patient.

Why are there so many cases in India?

During the second wave of India, a number of factors caused a surge in incidents. Health protocols are loose and mask obligations are sporadically enforced.

Millions of people attended the Hindu festival Kumbh Mela. Kumbh Mela culminated in a massive flood in the Ganges 10 days ago. New strains of the virus have emerged, including “double mutant” strains.

Dr. Saswati Singha, a critical care specialist in the eastern city of Kolkata, said the emergency room and ward were full.

“We are receiving direct calls from patients, acquaintances and neighbors. They are begging us to accept some of their close relatives. But unfortunately our situation is Despite our best efforts, there are still many patients we cannot handle. “

“I haven’t seen anything of this kind in my 20 years working in the intensive care unit.”

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with the prime ministers and oxygen manufacturers of the most affected states.

Indian heatmap of Covid cases

Indian heatmap of Covid cases