Pune: Dearth of ventilators, ambulance adds to COVID-19 agony

Sakal Times News Desk
Monday, 14 September 2020

The body of a 40-year-old coronavirus patient, who failed to get a ventilator bed in any hospital here died at home

Pune: Avoidable delay in Covid-19 testing and filing reports is causing a lot of trouble and resentment among kin of COVID patients in Pune as it hampers treatment on time. The Pune district which reported the first COVID case in March has now become the epicentre of the novel virus.

In a shocking incident, the body of a youth, who died due to the novel infection at his home, was carried on a handcart for cremation in Khanapur village of Pune on Friday.

"He succumbed due to unavailability of beds at the hospital. His health was worsening, we tried calling the ambulance but no single ambulance came," the village sarpanch Nilesh Javalkar informed.

Zilla Parishad staff and the local primary health centre tried to arrange a ventilator bed. But, the ventilator bed was not arranged. Jawalkar said the villagers decided to carry the body on a hand cart.

Zilla Parishad medical officer Vandana Gawli said “a 40-year-old person had come to the Zilla Parishad's swab centre. She was tested positive for the COVID-19. The person was kept on oxygen as his oxygen level was less than 90. The patient was later admitted to a private hospital.”  “The patient was told to move to a hospital with a ventilator bed facility. However, no definite information has come to light as to why the patient went home,” she informed. Zilla Parishad CEO Ayush Prasad has ordered an inquiry into the matter. Meanwhile, the deceased's brother has now been admitted to the Jumbo COVID Centre in Nehru Nagar.

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