Offbeat India: Record of contamination and new fire at Hospital

12:15  01 may  2021
12:15  01 may  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

A fire broke out at a hospital in India, killing 13 COVID-19 patients in the ICU

  A fire broke out at a hospital in India, killing 13 COVID-19 patients in the ICU The fire started early Friday morning after an air-conditioning unit short-circuited and exploded in the ICU of Vijay Vallabh Hospital in Maharashtra.The fire broke out around 3:15 a.m. at the Vijay Vallabh Hospital in the Maharashtra province after an air-conditioning unit short-circuited and exploded in the intensive care unit (ICU), according to The Times of India. Around 90 patients were inside the hospital at the time and 18 were in the ICU, which occupies the second floor of the four-story hospital, officials told The Times.

A horror fire at a Covid hospital in India has killed at least 18 peopleCredit: AP. The deadly blaze was sparked in the western state of Gujarat late on Friday night, in the hard-hit country's latest deadly hospital tragedy. It started around midnight in the intensive care ward of the Patel Welfare Hospital - a Earlier 22 patients died at a public hospital in Maharashtra where Mumbai is located when oxygen supplies ran out due to a leaking tank. The latest tragedy comes as India prepares to start a new vaccination drive, despite some states warning they do not have enough doses to handle demand.

Two hospital fires in India last week claimed the lives of dozens of coronavirus patients. At least 22 coronavirus patients died at a hospital in Maharashtra State when a leak cut off their oxygen supply. Two days later, a fire at another hospital in the state left at least 13 Covid-19 patients dead. India ’s vaunted vaccine industry — a world leader — has been overwhelmed with demand for Covid-19 vaccine and has restricted exports to satisfy the need at home. Other fires in hospitals treating Covid-19 patients around the world have heightened the devastation at a time when they are struggling to

The India has recorded Saturday more than 400,000 new cases of coronaviruses over the last 24 hours, a world first, Announced the Ministry of Health . Some 401,993 new infections have been listed, bringing the total in this country to more than 19.1 million. The number of deaths on the last 24 hours amounted to 3,523, for a total of 211,853 dead. Number of experts believe that the actual figures are much higher due to insufficient tests and an incorrect registration of the cause of death.

The Indian authorities had loosen the restrictions on most activities at the beginning of the year, when the number of contaminations fell below 10,000 per day. Mass religious gatherings, such as Kumbh Mela, attracting millions of Hindu pilgrims, as well as political gatherings have been allowed to continue even when the number of cases started to increase sharply at the end of March. On the month of April, India has detected about seven million new infections. The contagion reported to the whole population, however, remains relatively low compared to many other countries.

SOS messages, panic as virus breaks India's health system

  SOS messages, panic as virus breaks India's health system NEW DELHI (AP) — Dr. Gautam Singh dreads the daily advent of the ventilator beeps, signaling that oxygen levels are critically low, and hearing his critically ill patients start gasping for air in the New Delhi emergency ward where he works. Like other doctors across the country, which on Monday set another record for new coronavirus infections for a fifth day in a row at more than 350,000, the cardiologist has taken to begging and borrowing cylinders of oxygen just to keep his most critical patients alive for one more day.

There were around 50 other patients at the four-storey hospital in Bharuch in the western state of Gujarat when the blaze began at 1:00 am (0730 GMT). It has since been put out. "As per information at 6.30 am, the death toll in the tragedy stood at 18. Immediately after the fire , we had confirmation of 12 Last month 22 other coronavirus patients died at a hospital in the same state when the oxygen supply to their ventilators was disrupted by a leak. India 's health care system has long suffered from underfunding, and the new virus outbreak has seen critical shortages in oxygen, drugs and hospital

Police in western India say at least 15 COVID-19 patients have died when a fire broke out in a hospital early Saturday. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters). Fifty other patients at the Welfare Hospital in Bharuch, a town in Gujarat state, were rescued by hospital workers and firefighters , said police officer Rajendrasinh Chudasama. The fire broke out in a COVID-19 ward on the ground floor and was extinguished within an hour, the Press Trust of India news agency quoted fire officer Shailesh Sansiya as saying.

16 patients and two nurses die in a fire

at least 16 patients with COVID-19 and two nurses died on Saturday morning in the hospital's fire, where they were learned from official source, A new episode of fire in hospital circles overflowed by the epidemic. There were about 50 other patients at the four-storey Hospital in Bhauch, in the Western state of Gujarat, when the fire expressed at 01:00 local. He has since been turned off. The balance sheet amounted to 18 dead, "including 16 patients and two nurses," said France-Press Rajendrasinh Chudasama, local police. "The first elements of the investigation revealed that the fire had started as a result of a short circuit in the hospital's intensive care unit," he said.

previously, 22 other patients with coronavirus had died in a hospital, still in the same state, when the oxygen supply of their fans was interrupted by a leak. The Indian health system has long suffered underfunding, and the current epidemic has resulted in critical oxygen, medicine and hospital bed shortages, dying patients around hospitals in some areas.

On the ground and afar, diaspora boosts India's virus fight .
India's large diaspora — long a boon to India's economy — is tapping its wealth, political clout and expertise to help its home country combat the catastrophic coronavirus surge that has left people to die outside overwhelmed hospitals. Around the world, people of Indian descent are donating money, personally delivering desperately needed oxygen equipment and setting up telehealth consultations and information sessions in hopes of beating back the outbreak.Two humanitarian groups in the U.S. led by people of Indian background raised more than $25 million in recent days to help the teetering health care system.

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