The family of a ventilated Covid patient at a hospital in Nashik have been asked to move them to another hospital as there is only enough oxygen for a few more hours. This is the latest example of a massive crisis in Maharashtra, the epicenter of the virus in India, where cases have increased in recent weeks.
Archana Vyavhare said her mother had been in hospital for 17 days and transferred to a non-Covid ward yesterday. But her health deteriorated and this morning the family received a scary call.
“They said they were running out of oxygen and they only had evening left, so we had to move my mother to any other hospital as soon as possible,” Archana told The Bharat Express News.
But several hospitals have refused to accept a new patient, telling the family they want to preserve their oxygen reserves for those already admitted.
“We tried all the hospitals in Nashik but they refused further admissions. If we don’t get oxygen my mother will not survive, ”she said.
The used oxygen cylinders stacked near the hospital wall reflected the growing crisis in the city.
Doctors say they are trying to get more oxygen, but it is not available.
Nashik reported the highest number of 4,122 coronavirus cases in one day on Wednesday.
Maharashtra has reported the highest number of daily cases in the country in recent weeks. As of Wednesday, it recorded 59,907 new cases of COVID-19 and 322 deaths in 24 hours.