WITH OVER 100 sufferers being discharged from Lok Nayak Hospital in a single day, households rushed with Covid sufferers to get a mattress on Friday — solely to be advised that the vacant beds had already been crammed up, inside minutes.
Helpless, the households and sufferers sat exterior the hospital and waited. A lot of them had already been refused beds and oxygen cylinders elsewhere within the metropolis.
Amongst them was 34-year-old Mohammed Qasim, who was introduced in an ambulance by his spouse and his neighbours. Although he hadn’t been in a position to get a Covid take a look at, his household stated he had the signs. The guards let the ambulance in however medical doctors couldn’t admit him immediately. Inside 10 minutes, he began coughing and collapsed below the solar. His spouse Rubina screamed for assist as Qasim breathed his final. Different households got here to the doorway and shouted: “Not less than get him an oxygen cylinder.”
Docs tried to revive Qasim, however couldn’t. As hospital staffers put her husband’s physique contained in the ambulance, Rubina stated: “I’ve misplaced every thing. We’ve been looking for a hospital mattress since yesterday. We have been advised folks have been discharged from right here…, there may very well be beds. We couldn’t even get examined for Covid. How will I inform my youngsters that their father is useless?”
Qasim’s physique was taken again to his dwelling in Rohini.
Outdoors the hospital’s gates, Balram (40), his brother-in-law Vijay and their mates waited for an hour however couldn’t get admission for his elder brother Kanhaiya (48).
“We acquired his report yesterday and located he has Covid. He has issue in respiratory… We went to a non-public hospital in Burari on Thursday evening and Friday morning however they didn’t allow us to in. We thought we might get a mattress right here. We’ve been ready however nothing appears to be occurring. Docs aren’t speaking to us… guards advised us to depart. My brother can’t stroll now,” he stated.
The household went to Hindu Rao Hospital and Gurunanak Eye Centre however couldn’t get an oxygen cylinder. Even households who managed to get admission puzzled how the overwhelmed hospital would have the ability to care for his or her family members.
Rajesh (32) broke down after a video name together with his mom Kaushalya. The hospital had allowed him a minute-long name together with his mom, who’s within the ICU. “It has been two days and she or he isn’t in a position to converse. I’m nervous I’d lose her, however I’m helpless. Her oxygen saturation degree has dropped to 70. I don’t know what’s occurring inside, whether or not she’s okay,” he stated.
Kaushalya was admitted to Lok Nayak on April 23 after she developed a fever. Her household has since tried to maneuver her to a non-public hospital however couldn’t organize a mattress.
A medical officer from Lok Nayak stated, “We’ve 1,500 beds and are admitting a whole bunch of sufferers daily. For individuals who can’t be admitted, we’re sending them to close by hospitals. We’ve no beds now. Our staffers are nonetheless serving to households with oxygen cylinders and ambulance providers.”
The hospital’s medical director, Suresh Kumar, didn’t reply to calls and messages searching for remark. In keeping with the hospital, 104 sufferers have been discharged and 170 admitted as of Thursday evening itself.
As households shuttled between hospitals, they complained that the ambulance fare was too costly. A few of them used e-rickshaws and autos to ferry sufferers.
Balram stated he has spent greater than Rs 10,000 on an ambulance to get his brother from Burari to Delhi Gate. Rubina and her household spent Rs 7,000 to take her husband’s physique to the burial floor.
Jitesh, an auto driver exterior the hospital, stated, “These ambulance drivers are looting folks. The households now come to us to ferry sufferers. I do know it’s scary however I’ve already seen a number of deaths exterior the hospital. I need to assist folks… can’t depart them to die. I got here from Rohini final evening round 9 pm. Since then, I helped over 30 sufferers go both again dwelling or to a different hospital. Persons are helpless.”