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May 9, 2021

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Uttar Pradesh: More than 50 patients in queue for a bed

Uttar Pradesh: Greater than 50 sufferers in queue for a mattress

Exterior the trauma centre of King George’s Medical College in Lucknow is a triage space of types with round 20 beds and a few primary medical tools. That is the place each Covid protocol within the ebook vanishes the minute a affected person is wheeled in — there isn’t any restriction on motion, nobody is questioned or scanned for temperature, and social distancing is rendered meaningless.
With 1,50,676 lively circumstances, the second highest within the nation, behind solely Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh’s already frail well being infrastructure is stretched additional. Most hospitals in Lucknow are reporting acute scarcity of ICU and ventilator beds.
Sitting on one of many beds on the triage is Lucknow resident Vikas Verma, 38. Having examined constructive for the coronavirus, Verma says he has been ready for 2 days for a mattress within the hospital’s Covid ward that has round 520 beds — 427 ICU and 133 with ventilators.

“After I developed respiration issues, I got here right here. Since then, I’ve solely received an oxygen masks. The hospital authorities say they are going to shift me when a mattress is obtainable,” he says.
On the mattress subsequent to him is Sarla Awasthi, 70, who has examined constructive. Her son Vaibhav Awasthi, a farmer from Lucknow’s Mohalalganj, says, “After my mom began growing respiration issues, I took her to 5 totally different non-public hospitals however all of them mentioned that they’d no ventilators to spare. I lastly introduced her right here, however now her oxygen degree is dropping and she or he desperately wants an ICU mattress. I don’t know what to do. Simply an hour in the past, this room was stuffed with folks sobbing and crying. This makes my coronary heart sink.”
A KGMU official on the registration counter confirmed that within the absence of extra beds, they’ve clear directions to advocate dwelling isolation to those that check constructive, or to refer them to different medical services.
“We do not need any extra beds. If we have now oxygen obtainable, and the affected person wants it, we attempt to present that,” he mentioned, confirming that for the final couple of days, there have been greater than 50 sufferers queuing up for a mattress.
Whereas Lucknow had 3,138 lively circumstances on the finish of March this yr, by Friday, April 16, that quantity had shot as much as 40,753, which is greater than 27 per cent of the state’s caseload. Furthermore, out of the 1.33 lakh individuals who examined constructive within the district for the reason that begin of the pandemic, 48,014 examined constructive within the first 16 days of the current month.
When requested in regards to the surge in numbers in Lucknow, a authorities official mentioned the excessive testing fee was one of many causes, together with the truth that a number of Covid constructive sufferers come right here from different elements of the state.
On Thursday, CM Adityanath directed authorities to extend the variety of devoted Covid hospitals in Lucknow, and declare KGMU and Balrampur hospital as Covid-only set-ups. With that, Lucknow will now have greater than 10 devoted Covid hospitals. The CM additionally introduced the establishing of a brand new 1,000-bed Covid hospital in Lucknow.
KGMU spokesperson Sudhir Singh confirmed that the variety of Covid beds is anticipated to go up from 520 to three,000 beds by Monday.

The CM has additionally ordered {that a} case underneath the Pandemic Act be registered towards these turning away sufferers despatched on the suggestions of district magistrates and chief medical officers.
Nonetheless, with Lucknow reporting greater than 5,000 each day circumstances on a mean, round half of them symptomatic, and sufferers coming from a number of neighbouring districts, the scenario is unlikely to get higher any time quickly.

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