While much has been said about the oxygen shortage in the nation’s capital during the second wave of COVID-19 in India, Kashmir appears to be quietly suffering in a corner.
Last week, Umer Farooq, a resident of Srinagar, lost his mother, who had tested positive for COVID-19, due to the unavailability of oxygen at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital (SMHS).
Speaking to the Free Press Journal, Farooq said, “My mother tested positive for COVID-19. She was recovering, but suddenly on the 4th day of her hospitalization, the staff informed us that there was a shortage of oxygen. give us a bottle. We also looked for oxygen in private companies, but to no avail. “
Notifying that his mother was showing signs of healing, he added, “My mother’s reports gave us hope. She was recovering, but suddenly we were told there was a shortage of oxygen. and she passed away. “
The attendant for another COVID-19 patient at SMHS Hospital, Vijay said: “My mother has used up half of her oxygen cylinder. She only has half left. If she doesn’t have any. , she will die.”
Several attendants could be seen running to organize oxygen for their family or friends who are undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at the SMHS hospital.