Reportedly, the health care system in “total collapse” and physicians are seeking help and begging for basic medical supplies, like tanks of pure oxygen, as the country struggles to gain control of the massive increase in the numbers of COVID-19 infections in the area.
This past Thursday, India set the world record for the number of new infection cases of COVID-19 cases, sitting at 314,835 infections. As reported by India Today, experts in the area expect to reach a “peak” of around 5,000 total deaths per day. However, this peak could still be weeks away from coming to fruition.
“India’s daily tally of coronavirus-induced deaths could peak by mid-May at 5,600, an American study has warned,” reported the news source. “The study, titled ‘COVID-19 projections’ was conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. Published on April 15 of this year, the study pinned hope on India’s nationwide vaccination drive to tide over the second wave of the pandemic”
The reason behind the recent spike in the infection rates is still unclear, there are indicators that show that the Indian people were not abiding by the COVID-19 protocols mandated by the government.
This past Sunday, France 24 reported that the health care system is “crumbling” under the record-breaking increases that medical facilities in the area are running dangerously low on necessities to treat the respiratory virus, such as oxygen and hospital beds.
“Right now there are no beds, no oxygen. Everything else is secondary,” a virologist and director of the Trivedi School of Biosciences at Ashoka University told the outlet. “The infrastructure is crumbling.”
“We do not have that many oxygen points,” a physician from New Dehli, stated to the BBC. “Whatever oxygen points are there, they’re full. Patients are coming in with their own oxygen cylinders or without oxygen. We want to help them but there are not enough beds and not enough oxygen points even to supply them oxygen if it is there.”
“All our telephone lines are jammed. People are continuously calling the helpline. There is a big rush outside the hospital: there are ambulances parked, patients wanting to get deboarded, but the problem is, there is no space,” he continued. “We try to mobilise, we try to discharge patients who become stable as early as possible so that we can increase the turnaround, but things are difficult right now.”
The country’s funerary services are also vastly overtaxed, France 24 continued. “Some doctors advised patients to stay at home, while a crematorium in the eastern city of Muzaffarpur said it was being overwhelmed with bodies, and grieving families had to wait their turn. A crematorium east of Delhi built funeral pyres in its parking lot.”
Jake Sullivan, Biden administration’s national security advisor, stated on Twitter this past Sunday that the White House is planning to send support and supplies to the heavily impacted India.
“The U.S. is deeply concerned by the severe COVID outbreak in India. We are working around the clock to deploy more supplies and support to our friends and partners in India as they bravely battle this pandemic. More very soon,” he tweeted.