Srinagar, India (AP) — Authorities re-scrambled on Saturday to supply medical oxygen to an Indian hospital where COVID-19 patients are choking due to a shortage of supplies. ..
With 346,786 infections over the past day, India now has more than 16 million people, second only to the United States. The Ministry of Health has reported an additional 2,624 deaths in the last 24 hours, boosting India’s COVID-19 deaths to 189,544.
Hospitals in the capital, New Delhi, and some of the most devastated states, such as Maharashtra, have reported very shortages of beds and oxygen. The family waited for days to cremate their loved ones in a heavy crematorium. Many turned to ad hoc facilities for the Last rites.
“All hospitals are deficient in (oxygen). Dr. Sudhanshu Bankata, secretary general of Batra Hospital, a major hospital in the capital, told the New Delhi television channel.
At least 20 COVID-19 patients in the emergency room at Jaipur Golden Hospital in New Delhi died overnight due to “low oxygen tension,” the Indian Express newspaper reported.
“Our supply was delayed 7-8 hours on Friday night, and the inventory we received last night was only 40% of the required supply,” the newspaper quoted Dr. DK Baluja, a hospital medical supervisor.
The government has stepped up its efforts to supply medical oxygen to hospitals using special oxygen express trains, air force planes and trucks to transport tankers.
However, the crisis for nearly 1.4 billion people was exacerbated by criticism of the government’s response and allegations that local authorities had diverted the shortage of oxygen to local hospitals. The Supreme Court told Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government last week that it needed a national plan to supply the oxygen and essential medicines needed to treat coronavirus patients.
Just months after the leaders of the world’s second most populous country thought they had survived the worst of the pandemic, courts said India’s fragile and underfunded health care system had fallen into disrepair. I acted.
Hospital staff are now using social media to ask authorities to replenish their oxygen supply. Earlier on Saturday, Bankata’s Batra Hospital reported that 190 hospitalized patients were severely deficient in oxygen.
When the newscaster asked Bankata what would happen if the hospital issued an SOS call like him, Bankata replied: finished. finished. “
Hours later, the hospital received supplies to operate for hours.
As oxygen shortages deepened, local authorities in some states blocked the movement of tankers and diverted supplies to their areas.
On Friday, the Indian press Pretrust reported that a tank truck carrying oxygen supplies had disappeared in the neighboring state of Haryana in Delhi. A few days ago, news agencies reported that Haryana ministers had accused Delhi authorities of looting oxygen tank trucks while crossing their territory.
“Unfortunately, many such incidents have occurred and have had a disastrous impact on hospitals in need of oxygen,” said Saket Tiku, chairman of the All India Industrial Gas Manufacturers Association. ..
Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Ph.D.’s chief medical adviser on the Biden administration’s pandemic, said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with Indian response agencies to provide technical and support.
“It’s a dire situation that we’re trying to help in the best possible way,” Fauci said at the White House’s coronavirus briefing.
“They have a situation where they have an outbreak variant. We have not yet fully characterized the relationship between the mutant and the ability of the vaccine to protect. But obviously they need the vaccine. I’m assuming, “he said.