Uneasy silence grips Kolkataas COVID-19 cases mount
An uneasy silence has gripped town of Kolkata, whose streets had been witnessing dizzying political exercise till lately however the place arterial roads are actually dominated by the sound of hurrying ambulances.
The query uppermost on the minds of its individuals is now not ‘Who will come to power?’, however ‘What if we need hospitalisation due to COVID-19?’ Hospitals within the metropolis are already refusing admission citing lack of beds and the state of affairs anticipated to unfold within the coming days is unlikely to be vastly completely different from what’s taking part in on in lots of different components of the nation, the place sufferers are gasping for well timed consideration.
“It hardly matters to me now who is forming the next government (in West Bengal), I just want my family to recover soon,” Suparna Basu, a homemaker and an ardent supporter of the Left events, informed The Puucho. Last Wednesday, she and her members of the family examined optimistic for COVID-19, and he or she is hoping that her aged in-laws don’t want hospitalisation.
“Such is the fear now that people seem to be in denial. My in-laws kept on insisting they had common cold, and that they might contract COVID-19 if they got tested. Now that both are positive, we are constantly monitoring their oxygen levels,” Ms. Basu mentioned.
On Friday morning, Praggamoy Dasgupta, one other Kolkata resident, was on the lookout for a mattress with ventilator for his 67-year-old father, a COVID-19 affected person with a number of co-morbidities and presently admitted in a smaller hospital.
“All the big hospitals have refused. One hospital, CMRI, told me they have patients staying there as long as for a month,” Mr. Dasgupta mentioned.
Doctors, on the non-public degree, are doing what they will. The West Bengal Doctors’ Forum (WBDF) has began what it calls a philanthropic service for these asymptomatic or displaying gentle signs: as many as 107 docs are taking turns to supply telemedicine assist to such sufferers.
‘Set up war room’
“This is the time to set up a War Room at Swasthya Bhawan (Health Ministry). Every call needs to be attended to. Numerous organisations are doing it on their own. Bring all of them under one umbrella — all hands on board! Quick triaging holds the key. Those in positions of power need to act and act fast. We simply cannot afford to wait till May 2 (when counting of votes will begin for the recently-concluded Assembly elections in West Bengal),” mentioned Dr. Koushik Chaki, founding secretary of WBDF.