Goa hospitals are now overwhelmed with the huge influx of Covid-19 cases even as a number of patients succumb due to oxygen shortage. Horrific scenes of patients lying on the floor, unattended, and crying for help are seen when one goes inside the Goa Medical College and Hospital.
On Thursday, 15 more Covid-19 patients died at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), two days after 26 coronavirus patients had succumbed at the same facility in Goa.
At the top medical institute of the state, patients can be seen lying on the floor and along the passage. Some have laid down cardboards while others are sleeping on the floor tiles as the Covid ward is packed with patients to such an extent that there no space to walk.
A patient’s relative who lost his brother-in-law inside the ward said, “Please help Goa, save the people of Goa. The situation is very bad.”
One of India’s favourite holiday destination, Goa, is now fighting a tough battle against coronavirus. Hospitals are running out of beds, people are gasping for oxygen and many are dying every day.
A video of the Goa medical college shows patients lying inside the Covid-19 ward and no hospital staff is there to attend to patients and relatives are the ones who are helping.
Patients in a hospital storeroom
When India Today TV visited the Goa medical college hospital, it was overburdened with Covid-19 patients.
Hemant Kambli, whose brother-in-law passed away, said, “First I did not get a bed. There are no staff available. We ourselves have to take patients inside the hospital. When we got the bed, it did not even have a mattress. I brought a mattress from my home.”
“There is no oxygen not available and I paid a huge amount to buy an oxygen cylinder. There are no medicines, no staff. Everything is dependent on the patient’s relative. Nothing was learned from the first wave,” said Kambli.
Inconsolable, Kambli further said, “Such horrible are the conditions that I lost my brother-in-law in front of my eyes and I could not do anything. I and other family members risked our lives and stayed inside the Covid ward. Now I don’t know if we are positive too.”
“Something needs to be done at the earliest. There are patients inside the hospital storeroom, such is the condition,” he added.
Goa’s Covid positivity rate is at 51% while the recovery rate is just 71%. Hospitals remained unavailable for comment.
Durgadas Kamat, Vice-President of Goa Forward Party said, “Situation in Goa is very bad. Political leaders and officials in the government have no coordination. People are left to die. We are doing whatever is possible. Day and night we are fighting. When we raise a voice, they call us anti-national.”
Kamat added, “Today we have filed a criminal complaint against the Goa CM, chief secretary and nodal officer. Hopefully, the police will act against our complaint. Such is the condition that there is no task force or war room. They were not prepared at all after the first wave.”