The scene of ‘the inside shrinks out, the outside wants to come in’ in an Indian hospital

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The scene of 'the inside shrinks out, the outside wants to come in' in an Indian hospital 4
The scene of 'the inside shrinks out, the outside wants to come in' in an Indian hospital 4

Goldi Patel, 25 years old, went from hospital to hospital in the sweltering heat of the summer in New Delhi, frantically looking for a place to save the life of her husband infected with nCoV.

Four hospitals turned away Patel, who was seven months pregnant with her first child, before she found a place for treatment.

Around 30-year-old Sadanand Patel, many people are dying.

`I’m very scared. If my health is critical, I don’t think they can save me,` Sadanand said while lying in a hospital bed last weekend.

Sadanand Patel at Sardar Patel Covid-19 treatment hospital, on the outskirts of New Delhi last week.

As the number of Covid-19 cases in India continues to rise sharply, the country’s healthcare system is on the brink of collapse.

Only a few Covid-19 patients can manage to be hospitalized at the present time.

In February, officials ordered the closure of Sardar Patel hospital when they said that India had defeated Covid-19.

Sadanand was admitted a day after the hospital opened.

Inside the hospital, some patients have to lie on beds made from cardboard.

By May 1, the 5th day of hospitalization, at least 5 people around him had died.

India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare last month said it would quickly expand the facility to 2,000 beds with adequate oxygen supply to help deal with overcrowded hospitals in the city.

However, things were not as expected.

He said patients here are not regularly examined by doctors.

`You will die in bed because no one will call the doctor for you,` he said.

The scene of 'the inside shrinks out, the outside wants to come in' in an Indian hospital

Staff carry a hospital bed made from cardboard at the Sardar Patel Covid-19 treatment facility, on the outskirts of New Delhi on April 24.

This is not just the Goldi family’s story.

People outside the hospital are so worried about this situation that they try to get their loved ones discharged.

`He asked me to take him away from this place, that he would stay home, he didn’t feel good here and felt very scared,` Goldi said.

Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital (LLRM), in Meerut city, Uttar Pradesh state, is also overloaded.

Kavita, a 32-year-old mother of two, had to lie on the hospital floor for four days, fighting for every breath.

`I was very worried. I was afraid I would stop breathing,` she said.

Oxygen is currently very scarce in India, which reported more than 2.5 million infections in the past week.

But many hospitals are still facing difficulties.

Many patients’ family members waited in line for hours outside oxygen supply centers, holding empty tanks.

Some other hospitals inform patients’ families that if they want to be admitted, they must prepare their own oxygen source.

Outside LLRM, the patient’s family walked back and forth waiting for news.

`We don’t turn anyone away,` he said.

At Sardar Patel, although relieved that her husband had oxygen to breathe, Goldi was still worried about his situation, as there was no medicine to treat his lung infection.

`Apart from oxygen, treatment is also very important. You can’t live by hoping that you will be fine if you have oxygen,` said Sadanand, the family’s main earner.

Chandrasekhar Singha, a leading consultant in pediatric care at Madhukar Rainbow Children’s Hospital in New Delhi, says that in addition to oxygen, a patient with a lung infection will 80% of the time need to be treated with antivirals, steroids and antibiotics.

`Giving oxygen is just how you buy time,` he said.

The scene of 'the inside shrinks out, the outside wants to come in' in an Indian hospital

Inside a treatment area at the Sardar Patel medical facility, on the outskirts of New Delhi last weekend.

Every two or three hours, Goldi calls her husband.

`It’s dangerous. I don’t want him to talk too much. I’m always in a state of stress,` she said.

Goldi is also worried about herself, not knowing whether she is infected with nCoV or not.

She and her husband both feel disappointed with the government’s handling of Covid-19.

`If you are hospitalized and treated immediately, you will never let your pregnant wife struggle to find a medical facility for you in the midst of nCoV infections out there. You will always worry about what will happen if

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