The Covid-19 hospital so bad patients want to get out
May 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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This Indian woman spent hours searching for a hospital that would take her husband. Now he's in a Covid facility, it's so bad that she's desperate to get him out.
New Delhi and Meerut, India (CNN)For three days, Goldi Patel, 25, went from hospital to hospital in New Delhi's oppressive summer heat, frantically trying to find one that would keep her husband breathing.
"I am very scared," Sadanand said Saturday from his hospital bed, through labored breathing.
Only some Covid-19 patients manage to get admitted into India's overburdened hospitals.
There is limited medicine, and Sadanand said he had only interacted with a doctor once or twice in three days since he was admitted last Tuesday.
India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said last month that it would "swiftly" expand the facility to 2,000 beds with oxygen supplies to help address the city's lack of hospital space.
"The government thinks that they have opened this hospital, the patients here are getting treated," he said.
The doctors check on patients infrequently, Sadanand said.
"Oxygen was available in adequate quantity earlier and now there is even more," he told reporters outside a hospital.
Twelve people -- including a doctor -- died at one New Delhi hospital Saturday after the facility ran out of oxygen, according to Dr. SCL Gupta, the medical director of Batra Hospital.
Some hospitals have warned patients that if they want to be admitted for treatment, they will have to source their own oxygen.
"We have now told patients before admitting them that they may have to get their own oxygen supply in case of emergency if they are admitted here," Poonam Goyal, a senior doctor at Panchsheel Hospital in Delhi's north said Saturday.
Inside, LLRM administrator Dr. Gyanendra Kumar said the hospital had enough oxygen, but they were short of staff.
"Along with oxygen, the treatment is just as necessary," Sadanand said.
Dr. Chandrasekhar Singha, a senior lead consultant in pediatric critical care at Madhukar Rainbow Children's Hospital in New Delhi, said a patient with infection on 80% of their lungs would need to have their infection treated with antivirals, steroids and antibiotics, on top of oxygen.