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COVID-19 India: Medical supplies and oxygen scarcity leaves healthcare workers overwhelmed



COVID-19 India: Medical supplies and oxygen scarcity leaves healthcare workers overwhelmed

India is battling hard during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. With India reaching a record high of 3.1 Lakh cases in 24 hours and the maximum number of deaths in one day, doctors and healthcare workers are fighting the impossible fight against the virus.

Doctors across India are feeling burnt out and overwhelmed amid the rise in COVID-19 cases all over the country. Lack of beds, medicines and oxygen leave doctors, patients and their relatives in despair. The second wave could cause more devastation, Experts claim.

India recorded around 314,835 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, while deaths rose by 2,104 and now has the highest in the world, in terms of new cases per day and deaths per day.

Amid this drastic situation, Oxygen supply has been a particular problem, with a number of hospitals in the capital Delhi running out entirely on Thursday, according to the city’s Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia.

Family members and relatives of COVID-19 patients have gathered outside hospitals in major cities which are filled to maximum capacity. People are waiting outside medical distribution offices and pharmacies for Remdesivir and oxygen. Recently a number of people have died in hospitals while waiting for oxygen.


Meanwhile, many countries have started to impose stricter rules affecting travel to and from India amid fears over increasing COVID-19 cases.

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that they would cut down the number of flights to and from India, while the United Kingdom has added India to the red list, imposing strict travelling regulations and mandatory hotel quarantine for all arrivals from India from Friday morning.

Healthcare officials and doctors speak about COVID-19.

Recently, a number of Healthcare professionals and doctors have taken to social media to convey their anguish about the ongoing situation. They urged people to stay at home, practice social distancing and warned against letting their guard down. These videos and posts have gone viral in no time.

Dr Trupti Gilada-Baheti, an Infectious disease expert from Mumbai shared a video on social media about the plight of people dying around the country due to a lack of hospital beds and medical-grade oxygen

“We are very very helpless… I have never felt this desperate before. Please take this situation seriously. We are managing without beds and have been treating critical patients at their homes, this is not something we are enjoying, You have to be masked at all times when you go outside.” she said in this viral video, driven by tears.


She also suggested that patients with mild symptoms should not panic as they can recover from the comfort of their homes so that the beds can stay available to people who are in critical condition. And that “doctors are feeling overwhelmed and traumatized by this COVID-19 situation”.

In an Instagram post by @shwethavasan on @officialhumansofbombay, Dr Saandhra Sebastian, a first-year resident of Anesthesiology, shares her heartbreaking story on how difficult it is for young doctors like her to be surrounded by death at all times. 

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“So, all I’m asking of you is to understand how bad it is out here & stay at home. Wear your masks correctly & don’t crib about not being able to step out. IT’S A PRIVILEGE TO STAY AT HOME–PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT.” the post read.

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A 51-year-old tuberculosis specialist from Mumbai, Dr Manisha Jadhav – the chief medical officer at Sewri TB hospital, posted her parting message on Facebook saying that it could be her last message. She passed away some 36 hours later. 

Dr Jadhav’s last Facebook post

Bollywood celebrities like Abishek Bachchan and Shruthi Hassan have shared their thoughts on Social media about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and how it is affecting the mental health of people all over the world and especially doctors and frontline workers. 

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