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Hyderabad: As the country witnesses an acute shortage of oxygen cylinders and ventilators for covid patients, Telangana health officials revealed a shocking report according to which as of Sunday for every ventilator bed five covid patients are waiting to get admitted.

The private hospitals are not accepting any more patients as there are no beds. The three Covid Care facilities that the government announced- Gandhi Hospital, Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (TIMS), and King Koti hospital have a long waiting list for ventilators.

“There is not a single ventilator-free. Although many get vacated through the day, there are at least 5-6 more patients waiting for each of those ventilators. Beds get filled up in minutes. In fact, waiting for a ventilator to get free when a patient dies has become a norm now,” said a doctor from the Gandhi Hospital as per Times of India. 

Telangana has around 4,000 ventilator beds for 63,000, positive patients. With the huge influx of patients, hospitals are unable to cope up with limited sources.

“The issue here is the sheer volume of patients, which has increased exponentially and suddenly. Our healthcare infrastructure was already fragile and is completely overwhelmed by the volume of critical patients. Moreover, there has not been any significant increase in the number of oxygen, ICU, or ventilator beds now, compared to the first wave and as a result, we have this huge shortage leading to several patients waiting for one ventilator,” said, Dr P Raghu Ram, public health expert and director of KIMS Ushalakshmi centre for breast diseases.

The patients have to wait a long time for their chance to come to get medical attention. Some of them wait so long that lives are lost. “It took us one day and Rs 1 lakh in cash to get an assurance from one of the hospitals. It was the only option among 8 hospitals we visited. After reaching there we waited for nearly 12 hours before a ventilator got free when the patient died,said Subhash Kumar, the relative of a patient. 

 

 

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