World virus in India: a tuk-tuk driver changes in ambulance for the poor
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.
q uand mohammad javed khan, bombal teller driver in the center of the , saw People wear on their backs of loved ones, COVID-19 patients towards the hospital, for lack of money to finance an ambulance, he said he could not stay without doing anything.
This 34-year-old man sold his wife's jewelry and turned his tuk-tuk into a small ambulance he has equipped with a bottle of oxygen, an oximeter to measure the oxygen level in the blood and other medical equipment.
While India undergoes a second pouring epidemic wave, some people like Mr. Khan committed to help their community survive in this war against the virus.
Modi could have prevented India's devastating Covid-19 crisis, critics say. He didn't
When countries rose in India, the country didn't go into lockdown. Instead, the government allowed mass gatherings at religious festivals and political rallies to go ahead.His country was on the brink of a humanitarian crisis. That day, India recorded more than 261,000 new coronavirus cases -- more than many countries have seen during the entire pandemic.
"A serious patient can not be driven to the hospital without oxygen support," says Khan at the.
"So, I thought, why not turn my stupor into ambulance? It's not as spacious as an ambulance, but it can surely save lives," he continues.
"I saw young people without oxygen struggling (to survive)," he says.
"And when they call the ambulances, they charge from 5,000 to 10,000 rupees (from 55 to 110 euros). How could a poor person afford? Especially during this pandemic where most people have no more Income? "," he questions.
someone provided him with a bottle of oxygen, someone else gave him an oximeter, then a doctor taught him to use these equipment to put patients under oxygen safely during their transport to The hospital.
"Many people approached me and helped by contributing with donations and asked me to continue this action until the pandemic is finished," he says.
'Horrible' weeks ahead as India's virus catastrophe worsens
NEW DELHI (AP) — COVID-19 infections and deaths are mounting with alarming speed in India with no end in sight to the crisis and a top expert warning that the coming weeks in the country of nearly 1.4 billion people will be “horrible.” India's official count of coronavirus cases surpassed 20 million Tuesday, nearly doubling in the past three months, while deaths officially have passed 220,000. Staggering as those numbers are, the true figures are believed to be far higher, the undercount an apparent reflection of the troubles in the health care system.
"It is thanks to the help of so many people I am able to do that. I could not have done it alone."
Mr. Khan has briefly encountered difficulties with the authorities when the police charged him for use of his Tuk-Tuk without an emergency license during the confinement in the state of Madhya Pradesh, had reported the chain of Television India Today.
But his misappropriation has sparked such shields on social networks, which the police canceled his charge and even issued him a special passer-pass.
The state of Madhya Pradesh, as many states of the vast country of 1.3 billion inhabitants, has experienced a recrudescence of contaminations in recent weeks, causing oxygen and medical material shortages.
The state, where one in five tested people turns out to the coronavirus, said more than 12,000 new contaminations on Monday. And here too, crematoriums and cemeteries have difficulty overcoming the influx of spoils.
04/05/2021 10:12:53 - BHOPAL (India) - © 2021 AFP
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