The World Health Organization (WHO) says the COVID-19 infectious disease epidemic in India is the result of a “good storm” of many meetings, several infectious diseases and low vaccines.
India’s new cases of coronavirus remained above 300,000 for the sixth consecutive day on Tuesday, as its agents promised urgent medical help to help fight the growing epidemic in its hospitals.
WHO is providing essential equipment to India, including 4,000 oxygen weapons, which only require electricity, says WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic.
The death toll in India is now over 200,000, and inadequate hospitals and beds are evacuating coronavirus patients.
“At the moment, another part of the problem is that many people rush to the hospital (and because they do not have access to information / advice), although home-based care can be better managed,” Jasarevic said.
Only less than 15 percent of people with COVID-19 need medical attention and even fewer need oxygen, he said.
Area management needs to monitor and evaluate patients and provide them with home security tips, while more is also available via hotlines or dashboards, he said.
“As is the case in any country, the WHO has said that in addition to the relaxation of preventive measures, large gatherings of several types of infectious diseases while vaccination is still low can lead to hurricanes,” he said.
The crisis has led to a number of countries banning flights from India including Canada, Belgium and the United Arab Emirates.
Australia on Tuesday suspended all flights from India until May 15, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced.
A ‘destructive’ situation
A doctor in India’s capital, New Delhi, said the condition of Indian hospitals was “absolutely dangerous”, while ventilation and ICU beds were inadequate.
“There are no beds in the yard, our room is full of patients, they have no place to go,” Sumit Ray told Al Jazeera via Skype.
“Our young doctors, nurses, are very worried. He is working hard but he is heartbroken, ”he added.
The Indian government has appealed to its military to help deal with the crisis, which many say is the biggest medical problem in India’s ancient history.
Chief of Staff General Bipin Rawat said Monday at the end of Monday that air would be pumped out of the armory and retired paramedics had entered medical facilities suffering from a number of cases.
Explaining to Prime Minister Narendra Modi the military’s preparedness to deal with the crisis, Rawat said any air-conditioned equipment used by the military would be sent to a life-saving hospital.
Many patients have been forced to move to a black market where the cost of life-saving drugs and oxygen cylinders has skyrocketed.
Countries are stepping up aid
Medical supplies started in India on Tuesday. Goods from Britain, including 100 breaths and 95 breaths, arrived in the capital, New Delhi, though Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said Britain did not have much of the COVID-19 vaccine in place.
France is sending eight air fresheners this week while Ireland, Germany and Australia are sending air firing machines, said a senior Indian official, highlighting the need for air.
India’s first ship “Oxygen Express” arrived in New Delhi, filled with about 70 tonnes of oxygen from the east, but the crisis did not end in a city of 20 million people at the epicenter of the world’s worst epidemic.
U.S. officials have promised to help India cope with its coronavirus crisis and that the country was “ahead” of the crisis.
White House National Security Council leader for Indo-Pacific Kurt Campbell summed up the US response that President Joe Biden told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday: “Let me know what you want and do.”
Biden said at a press conference on Tuesday that he spoke at length to Modi, including when the US could send a vaccine to a country of 1.3 billion people, and said it was a clear goal.
The president did not say when the vaccine would start, but White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday that the United States could begin sending 60 million AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, Biden said the US will start exporting and providing assistance to India, including Gilead-based Science Manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and machinery needed for vaccine production.