FOR A distinguished and internationally revered historian of Chandigarh, the previous couple of days have been harrowing to say the least. His household and he examined optimistic for Covid-19, with his spouse’s oxygen ranges dropping persistently, the household working from one hospital to one other, no availability of rooms in hospitals. The incident has raised many questions on how frequent folks can attain out for help or assist in such instances of medical emergencies, that are rising. Apart from the concern of the virus, a pointy spike in instances and an entire opening up of the metropolis, it’s the concern of not getting assist, therapy and lack of hospital beds that’s consuming many.
This just isn’t an remoted case, as a businessman from Manimajra recounts how his 30-year-old brother, who examined optimistic, after many telephone calls was admitted to a personal hospital, and was instructed to go house after two days, regardless of his CT scan and X-Ray indicating extreme an infection. “We scrambled to another hospital, with one quoting a package of Rs 3.5 lakh, till someone who was well-connected and known to us, got us a room in a reputed private hospital, where my brother is recovering. At that time, when you or your loved one is in a medical emergency, you feel so helpless about not being able to help, for you don’t know where to go, whom to approach, as there seem to be no clear guidelines by the authorities on what to do. For a common person, who doesn’t know how the disease can affect him or her, it is a very scary situation for you don’t trust the system you are in. I think many of us have lost faith in the system, and feel we are alone, with no one to take care of us.”
With authorities hospitals in the metropolis overburdened with not simply sufferers from the metropolis, however from different states, availability of beds is changing into a persistent drawback. The Covid wing at the PGIMER has greater than 200 beds, 160 non-ICU and 40 ICU, with oxygen and ventilators, and there are already 230 sufferers in NHE, with 28 sufferers in the ICU, with many non-Covid sufferers coming to the emergency, later testing optimistic after which shifting to NHE.
According to a physician, the emergencytrauma part of the hospital has a mattress capability of 100, with sufferers at all times exceeding the quantity of beds, and the identical is the case with the medical emergency, which has 110 beds, with as many as 185 sufferers ready for therapy. Similarly, the cardiac and paediatric emergency services are additionally full.
The GMCH-32 has additionally created a further facility of 155 beds for Covid sufferers, in addition to the current 100 beds. A supply in PGI shares how there may be super strain on the establishment, with plans to convert three personal wards, three A, four A and 5 A into areas for Covid sufferers. “We have been told to convert the Infosys Sarai into a Covid hospital, so that 200 more patients can be accommodated. This Sarai is used to quarantine hospital attendants and sanitation workers from the hospital, where will we send these workers? Also, with some many doctors and health workers testing positive, how are we expected to take care of the modalities of this new proposed place?” he requested.
“The GMCH-32 and Sector 48 Hospital have about 200 beds for Covid patients, but then there are so many patients from other states seeking treatment here, that they can only take only very critical patients, hence there is always a shortage of beds and so there is no choice but to seek treatment in private hospitals. I tested positive for Covid and was critical with low oxygen levels and after a lot of difficulty, got admission in a private hospital, where I had to wait for two days for a CT scan, despite the doctor’s instructions. There was complete lack of care, and for three days, I was given a bill of Rs 50,000. With the help of a friend, I was shifted to another reputed hospital, where I was attended to with great care and after a week of being on oxygen, I am finally home. For a common person, it is next to impossible to seek treatment and help, for the system is completely out of place,” stated a neighborhood journalist, who plans to take up the matter with the authorities.
A senior medical tools distributor shared how his buddy, whose relative was admitted at a personal hospital, was known as and instructed that his affected person had handed away. “When they reached the hospital, the name of the patient on the papers was wrong, and they realised they had pronounced the wrong person dead and also called up his family. Apart from the shortage of beds, the price of a private room per day can range from Rs 25,000 to Rs 40,000, not inclusive of the treatment cost. And now, slowly and steadily, we are facing a shortage of oxygen in Punjab, with cylinders being sold at five to six times the original cost.”