A day later, an online report confirmed that it was positive.
“We were not panicking,” says Mandeep, Singh’s father-in-law. “Since we knew the cause of his fever, we thought we could probably address it.”
However, as Singh’s condition worsened, his family found it impossible to find a hospital to treat him, as the city’s health system collapsed under the pressure of the growing epidemic.
Mandeep Singh said that three private hospitals told the family that they did not have a bed, despite an application showing that they were prepared by the Delhi government. Others did not even receive calls at 68, including the person being tested.
Finally, Lakhjeet Singh went to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP), the largest public hospital in Delhi. Before going on a 30-minute trip to the hospital, Mandeep Singh said the government practice showed that there were 1,100 vacant beds in the hospital.
However, upon their arrival, Mandeep Singh claims that his father-in-law is turned down by medical staff, although state hospitals in Delhi are legally bound to refuse emergency patients. Paramedics said there were no free beds.
“When we arrived at the LNJP hospital, 1,100 beds were unlikely to occupy,” says Mandeep Singh.
Outside the hospital, elderly Singh fainted. Her family rushed her in, 10 minutes later, a doctor examined her and declared her dead on arrival.
In a statement, LNJP Singh expressed his condolences to his family and denied that he was not accepted. The hospital says he was examined by a doctor and died on arrival.
On June 4, Lakhjeet Singh’s daughter wrote a text message on Twitter: “No longer she is. The government’s failure.”
The highest number of Covid-19 in India
When India crashed on March 25, Delhi recorded only 606 Covid-19 and 10 deaths. When the city began to alleviate locking restrictions in the third week of May to revive its economy, the numbers began to increase – and by June 8 there were more than 40,000 cases.
Sisodia warned Delhi would need 80,000 more hospital beds in such a scenario.
Dr. Arvind Kumar, head of the Chest and Lung Transplantation Center at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi and founder of the LungCare Foundation, said the situation in Delhi is “scary.”
“Currently, the numbers are growing very quickly, and the problem with these infectious diseases is that as the infected pool in the community increases, the number of cross infections from the infected pool increases and multiplies,” he says.
At a press conference Monday, Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal said about 23,000 new Covid-19 cases were reported in the city in the past 10 days. Last week, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain did a positive test.
Authorities said that about 55% of active Covid-19 cases are isolated at home, but the rest need medical attention.
As cases climbed and people struggled to find hospital beds, in early June, the city government launched the Delhi Corona App, which showed real-time information about the availability of beds in private hospitals. Hospitals transfer information to the platform, and government officials check the figures.
Kejriwal said the application, which is updated twice a day, will help close the information gap on bed status and can be used to record complaints against hospitals that refuse to accept infected patients.
But with the app that shows free hospital beds in many facilities, the problem seems not just to provide more beds: hospitals also require staff for the man.
Lack of medics
According to his local uncle, Shahid Siddiqui, a local politician, 34-year-old Shahana Chanda was taken to at least five hospitals in early June.
Despite the hospital practice, which says the beds are available, his family said he was repeatedly removed from the facilities until he was admitted to a well-known central government hospital in Delhi-Safdarjung Hospital.
After Chanda was accepted, he was tested for Covid-19 and was given a bed – only after that his family says he was neglected.
“There was no one to take care of him,” says Siddiqui. “No drugs were given. He was left alone, only oxygen was provided.”
Chanda died on June 7. Siddiqui said he removed the source of oxygen to go to the toilet in the ward where he collapsed. “When he fell, nobody came to help him. His brother had to take him back to bed. When the doctors examined him, they said he was no longer left,” says Siddiqui.
Safdarjung Hospital said in a statement that Chanda was in critical condition when she was admitted, and that her family was spending a vital time taking her to different hospitals. The hospital said Chanda initially tested negative for the coronavirus.
‘The mistreatment isn’t over here,’ Siddiqui said.
“When he died, the brother was asked to put it in a bag, sew it and take it to the morgue and put it there. No one was there to help them,” he says.
Safdarjung Hospital told CNN that it will not address the claim.
In a TV report, a man lying on the ground uncovered in a ward showed with an unconscious elderly person in a nearby bed. No medical personnel were ready to assist.
Dr. LNJP Hospital Head of the Resident Doctors Association. Parv Mittal said the facility was overwhelmed on the day of shooting.
“There was a shortage of medical and cleaning staff. Doctors and nurses were taking bullets, but they were overloaded. Many were infected due to long working hours. The situation is much better now,” he said. “More cleaning staff were employed and CCTV cameras were installed to monitor sick patients.”
The Supreme Court decided to increase the number of beds to Delhi officials across the state and “provide appropriate infrastructure and staff” to Covid-19 patients, calling the conditions “pathetic” and “inappropriate”.
Indian Interior Minister Amit Shah reviewed the situation in Delhi after the smear report of the Supreme Court, and later established a series of standard operating procedures after negotiations with the Delhi government.
Among other measures, the price of isolation beds in private hospitals has decreased significantly, while the test rate of Delhi, which the Supreme Court observed as low, increased from an average of 5,000 tests per day to 18,000.
Authorities announced that 20,000 more Covid-19 beds will be added next week. This includes a huge spiritual center that will be transformed into a 10,000-bed specialist hospital, expected to be the world’s largest Covid-19 center by Friday.
In addition, 500 former train coaches with a total of 8,000 beds are reserved as isolation centers for mild cases.
Delhi government spokesperson: “The government creates multiple facilities to treat corona patients, such as hotels, banquet rooms, etc. These facilities are created only after enough manpower is set up to manage patients. For example, about 3,000 hotel rooms are being prepared in the capital.”
However, experts still suspect that Delhi has enough manpower to run extra facilities.
Kumar, from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, says frontline employees are exhausted and afraid of getting the virus.
“We don’t have enough manpower to even run our own hospital today,” he says. “We fight nurses every day. They want to resign, they want to go. The resident doctors disappear overnight … People don’t want to work here … Every person has a manpower problem.”
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