Amid the ongoing spike in fresh cases of Covid-19 day after day, the district administration is struggling to cope with the prevailing situation. With the beginning of 24 cases on 1 March, now the district has recorded 12,000 cases as of 2 May. In total, 25,000 new cases were recorded in the last 60 days with 120 deaths.
Over the past week, the district has been recording 1,500 cases per day on average and thus leading to a scarcity of beds. Speaking to Hello Vizag, District Collector V Vinay Chand said that at present, there has been a consistent demand for about 100 Intensive care unit beds or beds with oxygen supported every day, which is becoming a litmus test for us to stretch the limits.
At present, the total bed strength in the district including private and the government hospital is around 10,000. Out of which 7,000 beds have already been taken up for the COVID-19 treatment. There is a dire need to oxygenate the remaining 3,000 beds and efforts are on to get it done, at least to provide bedside oxygen cylinders,” said AMC Principal P.V. Sudhakar.
According to health officials in the district administration, to mitigate the prevailing situation of ever-growing of fresh cases, the district administration required at least 5,000 beds with oxygen supply on an urgent basis apart from the existing 4,000 beds with oxygen at the hands of district administration. Meanwhile, with the shortage of beds availability of oxygen to the needy patients seems to be a herculean task going by the daily caseloads of cases. Each and every hospital is suffering from a shortage of oxygen.
All this is happening due to lack of production or availability or proper planning or timely delivery and adequate storage capacity. According to some senior official in the district administration said most of the private hospitals are putting up the request for a refill at the last minute when the tanks come near to drying up. Things can improve only when the order for oxygen requirement is placed four to five hours before drying up of oxygen in the hospitals.
Towards this end, the district administration has formed a four-member committee to oversee the oxygen requirement of the hospitals and all indents for oxygen are routed through this committee. And the committee has observed that requests are coming late and that is upsetting the delivery time. With partial lockdown about to begin from 12 pm to 6 am from Wednesday, it is hopeful that the speed at which the infection is spreading, can be stopped and the people already affected and hospitalized can be treated and discharged.