Indian hospitals were choked by the rising ‘tsunami’ of Covid-19

Indian hospitals were suffocating due to overcrowding of Covid-19 patients as the country set a world record for three consecutive days of infections.

Security staff at a private hospital in the city of Allahabad, India announced on 22/4 to residents that the hospital was out of bed. Photo: AFP

Call for help to the supreme court

Max Healthcare, which runs a network of hospitals in Northern India, tweeted for help that the stored oxygen was only enough to use in less than 2 hours, while another hospital chain – Fortis Healthcare – also said it has suspended reception of new Covid-19 cases in the city of Delhi. “We are running (oxygen – BTV) backup and started waiting for new supplies from morning,” said Fortis.

According to Reuters, India is grappling with the 2nd Covid-19 wave, with medium frequency less than 4 minutes in Delhi again One death was caused by Covid-19, while the health system in New Delhi was becoming overloaded and lacking in supplies.

The Indian government has dispatched military aircraft and trains to transport oxygen from remote regions at home and abroad, including Singapore, to Delhi.

India’s Ministry of Health said that overnight, the number of Covid-19 cases in the country of about 1.3 billion people increased by 346,786 people, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 16.6 million. That has 189,544 deaths.

The number of Covid-19 deaths in India increased by 2,624 in the past 24 hours alone. It is also the highest daily death rate in India so far. Crematoriums across Delhi are full and families of people who have died are waiting in line.

This week, several hospitals in Delhi went to the city’s high court to petition the high court to ask city and federal governments to arrange emergency medical supplies, mainly oxygen.

“It’s a tsunami. How are we trying to build capacity?”, The Delhi High Court asked the city and federal government to respond to requests from hospitals.

Television images show families in India taking care of loved ones in hospital corridors and even on the streets while waiting for medical attention.

Mr. Amit showed pity for his brother who was in Jaipur Golden Hospital, Delhi. He said families here have to run around to recharge their loved one with oxygen.

“You cannot leave me in chaos,” a lawyer representing the Jaipur Golden Hospital petitioned the Delhi Supreme Court on April 24 in the hope that the court would decide to intervene.

Delhi’s Supreme Court has asked the city government to ensure the supply of medical supplies, as well as to arrange security forces for medical centers in the context of people in desperation.

Starting from April 22, India officially surpassed the world record of 297,430 cases per day of the US, making the country a new epicenter of the global pandemic while the epidemic is waning in many cases. nation.

The price of subjectivity

The Indian government earlier announced it had pushed back the Covid-19 epidemic in February. Health experts think that India was complacent during the winter when the number of new cases increased by about 10,000 cases per day, so it seems that like the epidemic was under control. Restrictive measures against Covid-19 were then lifted, and even crowds were allowed to gather on a large scale.

Others have suggested that maybe a more dangerous strain of Covid-19 is spreading in India. This is the 2nd most populous country in the world and people have a habit of living together, usually 6 people in 1 room.

Vikram Patel, a professor of global health at Harvard Medical School, says that while complacency in the practice of wearing masks and social distancing may play a role, it seems increasingly likely. that the second wave of Covid-19 in India triggered by a much more dangerous strain of Covid-19.

Experts say that the only way India can reverse the current situation is to increase vaccination and put in place strict blockade measures in red alert areas, which are highly infectious. India had previously launched the adult vaccination program, but faced a shortage of vaccine supplies.

Currently in India use AstraZeneca’s foreign vaccines and Covaxin “homegrown” vaccines have been developed domestically. The country recently approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine and is urging major pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson to supply the vaccine.