Patients are rushed from one hospital to another by loved ones looking for emergency services.

Rising cases of COVID-19 infection have placed an unprecedented burden on the government and private hospitals in Jaipur and created a shortage of beds with oxygen support and ventilators. Patients are rushed from one hospital to another by loved ones looking for emergency services.

Rajasthan University of Health Sciences (RUHS) hospital, which is the state government’s largest COVID-19 treatment center, is teeming with patients for whom the hospital administration has was forced to make beds in hallways from the floor to the eighth floor of the ward buildings. .

The hospital’s 442 oxygen beds and 153 intensive care beds with ventilators were fully occupied on Wednesday.

As the medical and health department asked RUHS hospital to move its less severe patients to the government hospital in Sawai Man Singh (SMS), where beds were reserved, the latter expressed his inability to admit patients without sufficient medical attention. oxygen. SMS Hospital offers multi-specialty treatments as the state government’s largest healthcare facility.

The SMS hospital refusing to welcome patients without being referred by the RUHS, several people infected with the virus returned home disappointed. Yashpal Singh, who brought his mother Meera Devi, 45, from nearby Chaksu town, said The Hindu that paramedics briefly gave her oxygen in the emergency room, but she could not survive.

Ms. Devi was referred to SMS Hospital from Chaksu Community Health Center. The hospital administration has blocked the passage to the emergency room with carts and stretchers to stop vehicles carrying COVID-19 patients.

Request for oxygen cylinders

SMS Hospital Director Rajesh Sharma informed the medical and health department of the need for 3,000 oxygen cylinders before patients are transferred there. Up to 650 patients of other illnesses in the hospital are already on oxygen, according to a letter from Dr Sharma, which has increased the demand for 2,000 oxygen cylinders per day for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

With active cases in the state capital surpassing 45,000, hospital infrastructure has been stretched to its limits and people are struggling to get essential services. Anish Kumar, the city’s former congressional secretary, said his wife was kept on oxygen in the outpatient department at RUHS hospital for two days but was not given any medication.

After Mr Kumar protested the similar practice adopted for around 100 other patients, some of them were admitted to hospital. The state government rule to send a Remdesivir injection request to the district recipient with the relevant documents also creates difficulties for patients who need it urgently.

Most private hospitals do not have free beds for critically ill patients. Neeraj Purohit, director of operations at Apex Hospital in Malviya Nagar, said The Hindu that the hospital was barely managing to treat COVID-19 patients with its allotted oxygen quota. The hospital’s 54 oxygen beds, nine intensive care beds with ventilators and 19 without ventilators were all fully occupied, he said.

Family members of four deceased patients created a ruckus at a private hospital on Kalwar Road last week with the allegation that there were no staff to change the oxygen cylinder overnight. Another hospital in Jagatpura has asked relatives of patients admitted there to move them elsewhere due to lack of oxygen. The district administration brought the situation under control by disposing of 43 bottles as an emergency measure.

Zakir Hussain, associate professor in the orthopedics department at SMS hospital, said panic among the population had put pressure on the resources available at the city’s COVID-19 care centers. “Patients in panic are unable to use resources wisely. They take longer to recover, ”said Dr Hussain.

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