COVID-19 surge | In Pune, alone and cash strapped
With Pune going through an acute scarcity of ventilator and oxygen beds, accessing important well being care just isn’t straightforward.
Balaji Phad, a 28-year-old getting ready for his Maharashtra Public Service Commission examination, had a nightmarish expertise looking for an oxygen mattress in Pune metropolis. “I tested positive last week. When I went to the nearest Pune Municipal Corporation Hospital for a check, they merely took down my details and put me on a wait list. As my oxygen levels began dropping, I searched for a bed in vain for two days,” he stated.
Mr. Phad, who hails from Latur district, had no family members to assist him; financially strapped, he was near tears and frantically started calling his associates as his well being deteriorated.
“A friend finally took me to Naidu hospitals, but there were no beds available there… after searching high and low, I was finally taken to a private hospital near Pune Railway Station. There, too, all beds were occupied, but I was asked to sit and given oxygen support. It was only then that my condition began to improve,” he says.
IT engineer Prithviraj Bhosale says that his father was given a “forced discharge” by a personal hospital because it had run out of oxygen.
“I had to hunt for an available oxygen bed in another hospital… it beggars belief that the district administration and the State government had not planned for a second wave… what was the need to shut down Pune’s jumbo COVID centres in such a hurry early this year? Furthermore, vitals drugs and medicines are in short supply owing to hoarding and rampant black-marketeering that is going unchecked,” Mr. Bhosale stated.