The dramatic increase in coronavirus infections has shown a detrimental effect on health in India as well as a lack of oxygen – a key drug for COVID-19 patients.
Shortages of gas as India struggles with new waves means time for money, even though some young people are volunteering to help people on television.
Here are some of the reasons for the shortage:
Why is oxygen therapy important?
Oxygen support is especially important for COVID-19 patients with hypoxaemia – when blood pressure is very low.
“Some medical studies show that up to a quarter of hospitalized patients (COVID-19) need oxygen treatment and more than two-thirds of those in intensive care units,” local health expert Rajib Dasgupta told a news agency. the AFP.
“This is why it is important to develop air supply systems in hospitals because these diseases mainly affect the lungs.”
Experts have warned of a shortage of medical supplies in India and other developing countries to treat pneumonia, which kills children over the age of five.
But over the years the government has failed to invest enough in such resources, experts say.
Does India produce enough air?
Short answer: yes.
Experts estimate that a large world of 1.3 billion people is producing enough air – more than 7,000 tons a day. Most are industrial useable but can be relocated to a hospital.
Barriers are the driving force and storage.
Oxygen at very low temperatures must be transported in cryogenic tanks to the dispersers, which convert gas into saturated fats.
But India does not have high cryogenic fats. And such special tanks, once filled, have to be transported by road and not by air for safety reasons.
Most of the oxygen producers are in eastern India, with demand growing in cities including economic resources in Mumbai in the west and the capital of New Delhi in the north.
“The electrical system needs to be adjusted to move chemical oxygen from other oil-rich areas to areas of high demand,” India’s chief medical officer at Inox Air Products, Siddharth Jain, told AFP.
At present, many hospitals lack air conditioning, often due to poor construction, lack of expertise, and high cost.
Late last year, India provided funding for air conditioning in hospitals. But the idea did not go unnoticed, reports local journalists.
What’s going on?
The government is inviting air and shipping facilities, building more than 500 new crops and purchasing air fresheners.
The companies have ordered the government not to use the gas.
Oxygen supplies are being brought to areas that are difficult to use on land trains.
Soldiers are also encouraged to take tanks and other items home and abroad.
Emergency services – including liquid oxygen, cryogenic tankers, concentrators and ventilators – are being deployed with international assistance.
What’s going on down there?
Oxygen deficiency still affects the most affected areas even though there are mechanisms to facilitate the transport, transmission and storage.
Reports have been made at hospitals asking patients to fix their own pills with people who have died despite receiving low oxygen levels.
Social media platforms were filled with articles and desperate families searching for cylinders and refills.
Currently, there is a growing black market for cylinders and concentrators that are sold higher than their commercial prices.
The shortage has caused outrage and frustration in New Delhi.
“The government has not set a time limit,” businessman Prabhat Kumar told AFP.
“If it had been fixed, we would not have suffered like this because of the beds and the fresh air.”