Hospitals in India are struggling to ensure a steady supply of oxygen as coronavirus cases and deaths increase in the country.
NEW DELHI (AP) – With Indian hospitals struggling to ensure a steady supply of oxygen and more patients with COVID-19 dying amid scarcity, a court in New Delhi said it would begin to punish government officials for failing to deliver the saved items. -life.
On Sunday, India recorded a slight drop in new infections, with 392,488, from an increase of 401,993 in the previous 24 hours. He also reported 3,689 additional deaths, bringing the total to 215,542. Experts believe that both numbers are a lower count.
The government has used the railroad, the air force and the navy to take oxygen tanks to the worst-hit areas, where crowded hospitals cannot cope with an unprecedented increase in patients with shortness of breath.
Twelve COVID-19 patients, including a doctor, in high oxygen flow, died on Saturday in a hospital in New Delhi after the supply ran out for 80 minutes, said S.C.L. Gupta, director of Hospital Batra.
The Times of India reported another 16 deaths at two hospitals in southern Andhra Pradesh and six at a Gurgaon hospital outside New Delhi due to a lack of oxygen.
With the government unable to maintain a steady supply of oxygen, several hospital officials have requested judicial intervention in the Indian capital, where a blockade has been extended for a week to stem the tide of infections.
“The water rose above the head. Enough is Enough, ”said the New Delhi Supreme Court, adding that it would begin to punish government officials if oxygen allocated to hospitals was not delivered.
“We cannot allow people to die, ” said judges Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Patil.
The court said it would initiate a contempt process.
New Delhi has recorded 412 deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest since the pandemic began.
The army opened its hospitals to civilians in a desperate attempt to control the massive humanitarian crisis. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has also given emergency financial powers to the army to create new quarantine facilities and hospitals and to buy equipment.
The military has also summoned 600 doctors who have retired in recent years. The Navy has placed 200 nursing assistants in civilian hospitals, a government statement said.
On Saturday, India said that all adults 18 and older can get vaccines. Since January, almost 10% of Indians have received a dose, but only about 1.5% have received them, although the country is one of the world’s largest vaccine producers.
India has administered more than 156 million doses of vaccines. Some states have said they don’t have enough for everyone, and even the continued effort to vaccinate people over 45 is failing.
The United States, Britain, Germany and several other nations are sending therapies, rapid virus and oxygen tests to India, along with some materials needed for India to boost its domestic production of COVID-19 vaccines.