Covid patients and families struggle as hospitals in Jodhpur run out of beds | Ground Report

With the second wave of Covid-19 raging on in Rajasthan, the largest hospitals and Covid amenities in Jodhpur are working out of not simply beds and employees however even stretchers and wheelchairs for patients. This contains AIIMS Jodhpur and Mathura Das Mathur Hospital.

At Mathura Das Mathu Hospital, 62-year-old Ram Prakash was ready in the foyer for six hours to get a mattress for his mom. He informed India Today, “We have already checked in all hospitals across the city, this was our last hope. Even here they have no beds right now and the doctors are saying that not a single bed is going to be vacant anytime soon.”

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He added, “We even had to get the oxygen cylinder on our own because my mother’s oxygen saturation is below 50. Her condition is serious and she is 80 years old. If she doesn’t get treatment, she will not be able to survive.”

Prakash lastly carried his mom out on a stretcher to strive his luck elsewhere. “The oxygen cylinder we brought is about to get over. We still don’t have a hospital bed. My mother’s saturation has reached 39. I have to do something to save her. I’m praying to God as I drag her on a stretcher in the scorching sun. That’s all I can do for her now,” he mentioned.

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Outside the hospital, 75-year-old Chanda Devi Mangla was sitting in a corner. She said, “I have been sitting here since last night because no hospital has a bed left. My son has gone to arrange for a stretcher or wheelchair for me.”

Mangla said that there are moments when she cannot breathe at all but she is hiding the same from her son. “He will break down. Even if I die, I don’t want him to see his mother not being able to breathe,” she stated.

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Meanwhile, 35-year-old Rakesh Kumar was ready together with his pregnant spouse on a hospital bench.

He informed India Today, “Since final morning, my spouse is experiencing hassle respiratory attributable to Covid. It’s been nearly two days now and I’ve not been capable of finding a mattress for her. She’s pregnant and I do not need something to occur to her. I’ve by no means felt this helpless earlier than.”

Kumar mentioned that if something occurs to his spouse or youngster attributable to unavailability of a hospital be dor oxygen, the nation’s politicians would have “blood on their hands”. “They come to us during polls for votes; where are they now? Nobody cares about people dying waiting on benches and pavements.”

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The hospital’s largest concern for the time being is the demise toll. Dr MK Aseri, superintendent of Mathura Das Mathur Hospital, mentioned, “The death toll is increasing with the exponential rise in cases. This strain is badly affecting the lungs of patients, especially old patients with weak lungs. We were getting more patients with mild symptoms last year but this time most patients are coming with severe symptoms.”

Dr Aseri added, “Earlier patients were coming with CT scan scores of 7 or 8. Now, patients are coming with CT scores above 20. Most of the patients we are not being able to save are the ones with co-morbidities. This includes obese, diabetes and asthma patients.”

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Dr Aseri stated that the virus is spreading like wildfire in Rajasthan and the hope is to break the chain of transmission with a strict lockdown.

Jodhpur is one of the worst affected cities in Rajasthan at present. On Saturday, 1,818 fresh Covid-19 cases were reported in the city in 24 hours.

The state cumulatively registered 17,652 new cases and 160 deaths on Saturday. Rajasthan’s overall caseload has climbed to 6,15,653 cases and the total death toll is now at 4,399.

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