Hospitals refuse to accept patients, patients buy medicines on the black market…the India epidemic is heartbreaking
Chinanews, April 27th, a comprehensive report, as of April 26, India has set a new global single-day record of new confirmed cases of new crowns for five consecutive days, with a cumulative number of more than 17.31 million cases; the country’s new deaths have also It reached a new high, and the total number of deaths approached 200,000.
WHO expressed concern about the spread of the epidemic in India, saying that it will provide medical supplies and deploy personnel to help India fight the epidemic. Due to the shortage of hospital beds, many Indians had to buy oxygen cylinders and drugs on the black market and were forced to treat them at home.
WHO: India’s epidemic is “heartbreaking”
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on the 26th that the severity of India’s new crown epidemic is “heartbreaking.” The WHO Medical supplies are being sent to India.
p > The spread of the epidemic in India has led to an oxygen supply crisis in many hospitals. Many medical staff, staff and ordinary people have brought oxygen cylinders to oxygen refueling stations. The picture shows a worker filling medical oxygen cylinders in a facility on the outskirts of Chennai.
Tedros said in the briefing: “WHO is doing everything it can to provide important equipment and materials, including thousands of oxygen machines, combined field hospitals and laboratory supplies.”< /p>
WHO announced that it has deployed more than 2,000 personnel to cooperate with Indian health authorities to help respond to the epidemic.
In addition, the White House said that US President Biden had a phone call with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the 26th. During this period, Biden reiterated that the United States and India will cooperate closely in the fight against the new crown epidemic.
The White House pointed out in a statement that in response to the recent surge in new crown cases, the United States will provide India with a variety of assistance including oxygen supply systems, vaccine materials and therapeutic drugs.
Because the United States has banned the export of vaccine raw materials, India has been out of supply for several months, and the “aid” from the United States can be said to be long overdue.
Due to insufficient domestic vaccine production, India is currently in urgent need of importing foreign vaccines. However, two sources in the Indian government revealed that the Modi government still plays the local card, hoping to purchase vaccines made in the country, and the decision to sign contracts with foreign pharmaceutical companies is left to states and companies. Maharashtra, the most severely affected state, said it would consider purchasing vaccines from many countries around the world. The state is the wealthiest state in India, but it is almost impossible for many impoverished states to import vaccines from overseas without the financial support of the federal government.
The medical system collapses and patients are forced to treat at home
India has reported more than 300,000 cases for several days. This sharp rise has overwhelmed the medical system in many cities in the country .
p > On April 25, local time, a patient and his wife were waiting in a tricycle to enter the hospital for treatment.
Most hospital beds in many Indian cities, including Delhi, have run out, forcing people to find ways to treat patients at home. However, due to the skyrocketing prices of oxygen cylinders, oxygen generators, and essential drugs on the black market, even treatment at home is a difficult task.
According to reports, the Indian laboratory is overloaded, and it takes three days for the new crown test results to come out. This makes it more difficult for doctors to assess the progress of the epidemic. CT scans are also used by doctors to assess the condition of patients, but it takes a few days to make an appointment successfully. Doctors say these delays put many patients at risk.
Some hospitals say they do not accept new patients because there are no vacant beds or the continuous uncertainty of oxygen supply.
Due to lack of oxygen supply, some patients in Delhi have died one after another. The city’s hospitals are desperate. Some hospitals are issuing warnings every day that they only have a few hours of oxygen left.
A doctor in Delhi said that this is how the hospital works, “I am really worried about a major tragedy now.”