From Delhi to Bombay, the hospitals are assaulted by the pandemic

For Mandeep Singh, consultant in Delhi, calls to the emergency line of the public hospital, Ganga Ram rang in the void. After an initial consultation in the general hospital, he was trying to point out that her father-in-law, 67-year-old, had been tested positive to the Covid-19. “From there, the medical management has not worked “, he said.

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His family then attempts to contact the private hospitals which, due to lack of space, the return to Ganga Ram for an admission. Barely lost. On 5 June, the fever of the father-in-law goes out of control. Mandeep Singh puts in his car and is desperately the tour of the hospital, begging the doctors. When one of them agrees finally to treat his father-in-law, it is too late. The latter died a few hours later.

95 000 beds in intensive care to 1.3 billion people

“This incident is not isolated, highlights Mandeep Singh, who, since then, has received many testimonials similar. Hospitals of Delhi fail to respond to the crisis. If you are sick, better to stay at home and die with dignity. “

If in Delhi, the hospitals seem to be overwhelmed, although the authorities claim to have more room, Mumbai (” indianized ” in Mumbai, editor’s NOTE), dense city and the most affected by the pandemic, the health system is already at saturation point. “He is yet of the two cities with the best health system in the country, says Ramanan Laxminarayan, director of the Centre for Disease Dynamics. And even more than the beds or the fans, it is the doctors that come running out. “

In this country of 1.3 billion people, there are only 95 000 beds in intensive care, four times less than in Italy. “If the pandemic intensifies, the demand for intensive care will overwhelm the health system “warning , dr. Soumitra Ghosh, from the Centre of health at the Tata Institute of social sciences (printed cloth), Mumbai. With nearly 10 000 new cases per day, the curve of infections soars, hits the mark of 300 000 cases. The exponential progression will continue, as the government has released containment is strict, which paralyzed the economy for more than two months.

Nothing in Delhi, half-a-million infections should be déplorées at the end of July, according to the alert, this week, the local authorities will have to find 80 000 more beds. “And the screening tests are far from being satisfactory “says dr. Soumitra Ghosh.

Suspicions about the veracity of the official figures

Friday, June 12, the supreme Court sharply rebuked Delhi, stating that the treatment of the patients was “worse than animals “and asking why the tests had increased from 7 000 to 5 000 per day. Of suspicions on the veracity of the official figures (read below). In Delhi, between the declarations of places of burial and those of the authorities, a gap of 1 000 deaths recently brought to light, a difference from simple to double.

The authorities would seek to hide the scale of the pandemic ? “There is a tendency of States and of the government wanting to project a better image than the reality “says Srinivas Rajkumar, a doctor at the AIIMS, the public hospital, the most prestigious award of India. Punished for criticising the quality of protective masks distributed to the hospital, he denounces the strategy of groping authorities. “These are all breaches of the health system in India, which are rendered visible by the pandemic “, “he says.

This system delivers now a race against the clock. He calls to the aid the private sector, because you have to make beds, whatever the cost. Attempts to conserve resources at times prove to be a sad face in Delhi, who attempted to deny access to hospitals to non-residents. At Bombay, on the other hand, a hospital of 1 000 beds could be fitted in two weeks.

Everyone knows that the worst is yet to come. “The pandemic will continue to swell, and the health crisis will last a long time, writes Ramanan Laxminarayan. The immunity of the Indians is no different from any other. And India being a big country, the number of infections and deaths the risk to logically be more important than elsewhere. “

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The pandemic of Covid-19 in India

– With over 10,000 new cases in 24 hours, India has made state, Friday 12 June, a total of 298 283 confirmed cases of infection with the coronavirus. The country, in many cases, becomes the fourth most affected by the pandemic behind the United States, Russia and Brazil.

Officially, 8 498 Indians had died of the Covid-19 Friday, June 12, a balance sheet which places India at 11e rank. Its mortality rate is 2.9 %.

– India leads to less screening tests per capita than the ten other most affected countries, with only 3.9 tests per 1 000 inhabitants.

– With 52 445 cases in Bombay (17.6 %) and 34 687 cases in Delhi (up 11.6 %), the two main metropolises, which are respectively 18.4 million and 16.3 million inhabitants, account for nearly 30 % of cases in India.

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