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Delhi: Nurses say lost kin because they didn’t get admission in ICU

Such is the crunch of ICU and ventilator beds within the capital that two members of the nursing employees at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital have misplaced family within the present Covid surge as a result of they couldn’t get satisfactory therapy.

A nurse on the hospital mentioned she misplaced her elder sister aged 32 on Saturday, allegedly as a result of the hospital didn’t shift her to the ICU.

“I’ve been working on the Covid ward since final 12 months. I by no means knew I might lose my sister in the identical ward. I assumed this was my hospital. On April 19, my sister complained of uneasiness and fever. She examined constructive for Covid,” mentioned the nurse.

The nurse mentioned she acquired her sister admitted to RML, however as her situation deteriorated she was instructed there was no room within the ICU. She then contacted AIIMS and Safdarjung, however in useless.

She alleged that whilst her sister’s oxygen saturation dropped to 62, she remained within the ward.

One other nurse from the identical ward, who tried to get her youthful brother admitted to RML’s ICU, couldn’t. Her brother finally succumbed to Covid whereas within the hospital’s outdated emergency ward.

“We took him to the hospital on April 20 and misplaced him after 4 days. I couldn’t do something for him…,” mentioned the nurse.

Regardless of calls and messages, hospital authorities didn’t touch upon the problem.

Each nurses alleged their family have been “left alone” on the outdated emergency ward.

On Monday, one other nurse complained that her father, aged 54, must be within the ICU however the hospital has instructed her it isn’t potential in the mean time.

In the meantime, the Director Basic of Well being Providers (DGHS), Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare has directed the hospital administration of three central authorities hospitals within the metropolis — RML, LHMC and Safdarjung — to make sure that the healthcare employees getting contaminated with Covid ought to be offered rapid therapy. The order comes days after a number of healthcare employees complained of not getting a mattress at any of the hospitals after buying the an infection on obligation.

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