India: Patients struggle at home as hospitals choke

DELHI has been hit with a crisis as most hospitals in India have run out of beds, forcing people to find ways to get treatment for sick patients at home.

Families, those who can afford it, are hiring nurses and remote consulting a doctor to keep their loved ones breathing.

Prices of oxygen cylinders, concentrators and essential medicines have also skyrocketed on the black market.

Hospitals in many cities, including Delhi, Noida, Lucknow, Allahabad and Indore, have run out of beds, leaving families to rely on makeshift arrangements at home.

Labs are overrun and it’s taking up to three days for test results to come back.

This is making it harder for treating doctors to assess the progression of the disease.

CT scans are also used by doctors to asses the condition of the patient but it’s taking days to get an appointment.

India has been reporting more than 300,000 cases for days, setting new daily global records.

On Monday, it had the highest number of daily coronavirus cases for a fifth straight day, reporting 352,991 new infections and another 2,812 deaths in the previous 24-hour period.

This sharp spike has overwhelmed the healthcare system of many cities, and left no choice for families but to arrange whatever they can at home for their sick loved ones.


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