- LNJP Hospital is Delhi’s largest hospital for Covid treatment
- Heartbreaking images captured the pain of dozens of people
- Delhi’s health infrastructure is burdening in the midst of a surge in cases
Despite frequent government assurances on medical oxygen, vaccines and hospital beds, Covid’s patients and their families have little relief as cases continue to rise. At Delhi’s Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital today, amid a massive traffic pile of ambulances and private vehicles, several patients – seeking urgent medical attention – were desperately awaiting admission.
Heartbreaking images captured the pain of dozens of people as officials said all hospital beds were occupied.
Among those who had to go through the fight was Ruby Khan, 30. Her husband, Aslam Khan, drove her on a bicycle after three hospitals refused to accept her. Helpless and tired, Aslam begged the hospital staff: “My wife will die. Admit it.”
“I’m even ready to touch their feet. They keep repeating ‘there’s no bed’. Should I be treated on the floor? How can I let her die?” Aslam told NDTV outside the hospital. He couldn’t stop crying.
LNJP is the national capital’s largest hospital for Covid treatment.
Some people staying outside said that their family members had tested negative for Covid earlier but were experiencing shortness of breath and their oxygen levels dropped.
After Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal sought the center’s help, Delhi’s desperate oxygen crisis was the subject of a marathon hearing in the High Court on Wednesday.
Asking the government to provide oxygen to those who need it, the High Court noted: “Start, borrow, steal … it’s your job.”
With India witnessing an alarming surge in Covid cases every day, the Supreme Court today sought a “national plan” on oxygen supply, essential drugs and a vaccination mechanism from the center. “We want to see the national plan on this issue,” said Chief Justice of India SA Bobde.
Delhi has logged 9.3 lakh cases so far; over 24,000 cases have been recorded since yesterday.
India has been recording more than 2 lakh infections every day since April 15. This morning, the country recorded 3.14 lakh fresh infections in the largest ever daily surge in the world.
Arvind Kejriwal said today in a television briefing: “The center increased our oxygen quota yesterday. We need more supply but we are grateful. I am sure that if we fight Covid together, that we will succeed. “