Overwhelming Covid-19 cases collapses healthcare system in Mumbai. Due to a shortage of hospital beds across the city, healthcare institutions are forced to adjust patients to share beds worsening the condition of non- covid patients
Covid - 19 is no longer a pandemic, but is renamed as an endemic like HIV and Tuberculosis, suggesting that there’s no end to it. The situation in Maharashtra has worsened with an increase in the cases. Along with the shortage of doctors and workers, now even hospital beds are out of proportion. In most of the hospitals in Mumbai, there’s a waiting list of 100 for ICU or normal beds. Sion Hospital’s emergency ward has two patients over a single bed. A viral online video shows that many patients are lying either on the floor or on top of each other, attached to a single oxygen tank. And unfortunately, this horrifying situation is the reality of most of the general public hospitals in the city right now. “The volume and density of our population in Mumbai makes it very difficult to see how we will get out of the other side of this peak," said a doctor working in Covid - 19 ward in Guru Nanak Hospital, Mumbai. Following this concern, a temporary hospital with 1,000 beds and ICU is built in the Bandra Kurla Complex. Various places including Nehru Science Centre, National Sports Club and Mumbai Planetarium are also converted into quarantine centres to free beds at hospitals. However, the doctors foresee that the worse is yet to come with the arrival of monsoon which brings dengue fever, malaria and leptospirosis. However, experts and doctors conclude from the current scenario that hospitals are not ready to take this fall. The health situation of the state further complicates with the imbalance of facilities for the non- covid patients. Many people diagnosed with non- covid related diseases are dying due to lack of attention towards them. Tags: Covid-19, Maharashtra, healthcare
Sources: WHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC of the PRC, JHU CSSE, DXY, QQ, and various international media
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