Medical Infra Issues Across State Lines

While battling the Covid-19 pandemic, several Indian states are also engaged in a different conflict against the insufficient medical provisions.

Crux of the Matter

Telangana’s Troubles
More than 300 doctors and surgeons from Gandhi General Hospital in Hyderabad sat on a protest against abuse faced by on-duty medics. The turmoil was initiated by the actions of the relatives of a Covid-19 patient, who allegedly assaulted the doctors after the patient’s death. In the demonstration, the protesters have demanded an increase in the number of medical staff and the provision of proper security to prevent incidents of the mentioned type.

Mumbai Reaching Its Limits
In Mumbai, out of 1,094 ICU beds across Govt and Private hospitals, 1,083 (99%) are occupied currently. A similar case exists with ventilators, as 443 (94%) out of 464 are occupied. The distressing numbers come at a time when the Maharashtra government ordered 10,000 private doctors to help the already-stretched government medical team in fighting Covid-19.

Besides a dearth of facilities, problems for low-income individuals have been compounded as several private hospitals are charging over the specified limit for Covid-19 treatment. In one such case, the Municipal Corporation ordered a private hospital in south Mumbai to return ₹1 lakh to a patient in case of inflated charges.

Delhi In Dismay
Delhi government recently launched an app to provide information regarding vacant beds and ventilators. However, several hospitals have denied admission to patients while claiming a complete absence of vacant beds at their place. In an inspection check, the LNJP hospital in Delhi claimed 0 free beds while the app displayed 1,271 beds vacant.

Across the city, several doctors have not received their salary for months. In a case from north Delhi, doctors belonging to the Kasturba Hospital have not received their salaries since March. The medics have threatened resignation if the salaries are not provided by 16 June.

Gujarat In ‘Dungeon’
Gujarat state government has received severe criticism from its High Court, particularly for the operations of the Civil Hospital of Ahmedabad. The HC called the Civil Hospital a ‘dungeon‘ in its statement and has planned for a surprise visit of the hospital by the judges.

The Civil Hospital is meant to treat patients. However, it appears that as on date, it is as good as a dungeon. May be even worse than a dungeon.

Gujarat High Court

The Gujarat HC also criticized the state for a “lack of ventilators” which has impacted the critical patients. Several ventilators were produced in Rajkot – called Dhaman-1 – are being reported inefficient as compared to the regular ones.

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