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No hospital beds, no oxygen, health infra on the verge of collapse as Covid cases surge

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After experiencing a steady downtrend, India is currently witnessing the second wave of COVID-19 infections. Many states like Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu have been recording a rising number of coronavirus cases, but the resurgence of the infection in the state of Maharashtra is most fierce and worrisome. If we have a cursory look at the daily figures of the number of positive cases, Maharashtra is alarmingly reporting the highest number of cases across the country.

With the sudden and steep surge in the number of cases, the medical infrastructure in the state seems to have collapsed. Many incidents that have been reported in the recent past proves that though it’s been more than a year since the country has been grappling with the COVID-19 outbreak, Maharashtra’s healthcare system is still not equipped to handle the scourge of the virus.

‘Give bed or kill him’, Covid-19 patient’s son pleads in Maharashtra

Recently, a heart-wrenching video surfaced on the internet in which a man from Maharashtra’s Chandrapur was seen pleading for a hospital bed for his ailing father grappling with lethal coronavirus infection.

“Give him a hospital bed, or just kill him with an injection,” said Sagar Kishore Naharshetivar who has been on the move since Tuesday afternoon in search for a hospital bed for his father.

Son of an ailing COVID-19 positive man pleads to govt to provide a bed or kill his father

Naharshetivar said that he made several rounds of hospitals in both Maharashtra and Telangana in a time span of 24 hours but all in vain. “Unable to find a bed in Maharashtra, I took my father to Telangana at around 1:30 am in the night and reached there by 3 am, however, there were no beds there either. We again brought him back to Maharashtra in the morning and have been waiting outside the hospital for a bed.

“The oxygen available in my father’s ambulance is also running out. “Either you make a bed available for him or kill him with an injection. I cannot take him home like this and you have no beds available,” he said, pointing towards his ailing father.

Man dies in car while family ferries him from one hospital to another in search of bed

In another video surfaced on social media, a severely ill man is said to have died in the car itself while his family ferried him from one hospital to another in search of a hospital bed. The deceased had other ailments but couldn’t find a bed as all have been used for Covid-19 patients.

Woman COVID-19 patient waits with oxygen cylinder in an autorickshaw

With the COVID-19 situation worsening in Maharashtra, more and more such incidents have been coming to the fore from the state. Some more shocking visuals appeared on various social media platforms where a woman COVID-19 patient in Satara district, Maharashtra, is seen waiting in an autorickshaw with an oxygen cylinder hooked on to her to enable breathing.

Unable to find a bed, woman patient waits in autorickshaw in Satara

Covid patients being administered oxygen in chairs at Maharashtra hospital 

In a similar horror story, COVID-19 patients at Osmanabad district hospital in Maharashtra were given oxygen on their chairs as the hospital appeared to have run out of beds. The video of the incident went viral on social media. The patients were reportedly made to sit on chairs as nurses and doctors could be seen helping the patients. 

Nagpur doctors protest against shortage of medical resources, blame state govt apathy

Speaking about the collapsing health care facilities in the state, a resident doctor of the city-based Government Medical College and Hospital Nagpur, Sajal Bansal, said that they held a protest on Sunday against the government and the district administration over the shortage of medical resources to treat coronavirus patients. 

A resident doctor of GMCH Nagpur, Sajal Bansal, speaks on the protest held against govt and administration over the shortage of medical resources

“The protest is not inspired by any association, it is solely for the patients who are suffering and their caregivers,” Bansal said.

He complained that since the first wave of the disease hit the country last year, the state administration has done little to improvise the medical infrastructure in the state.

“We are protesting against the government and the district administration over their lack of preparations concerning the rising cases of COVID-19 amid the second wave of the disease in the country, which includes a shortage of beds, ventilators, oxygen, Remdesivir in private hospitals which are leading to a rise in the casualties in the district. Our helplessness to help the patients has forced us to hold this protest,” the resident doctor rued. 

Speaking about the worsening situation in Nagpur, Bansal said that the burden of the entire population in the city has come upon Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH). These two hospitals are operating 820 beds and all resident doctors have been working day in and day out, still are not being able to cope with the surging cases.

“Since the past one month, the situation is getting worse which has forced us to stop the intake of new patients. The shortage of medical resources is also hampering the delivery of healthcare to the general (non-COVID) patients which is not acceptable. We are a government institution and the general public, especially marginalised groups look up to us for treatment and denying them that is unjust. We demand a permanent solution from the district administration for this crisis,” said Bansal.

As Maharashtra runs out of beds and oxygen, state minister pins the blame on celebrities

Maharashtra has been grappling with the second wave of the Coronavirus infection, which has wreaked havoc, particularly in the state, contributing the highest to the daily caseload. Owing to this, hospitals beds are running out and the supplies of medical oxygen in the state have been depleting.

Interestingly, while Maharashtra runs out of hospital beds and medical oxygen, state minister Aslam Shaikh on Tuesday blamed the celebrities and cricketers for the shortage of beds at the hospitals, saying they are occupying beds in hospitals despite having no serious symptoms of coronavirus infection. He added that if the celebs and cricketers had avoided getting admitted to hospitals, the state could have accommodated the needy Covid-19 patients.

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For Those Recovering from the Virus, Here is How Long to Wait Before Taking the Covid-19 Vaccine

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With India’s vaccination drive slowly gathering pace and the number of infections refusing to die down, there are many who are testing positive for the virus after being partially inoculated. There are others who are recovering and need to be vaccinated.

The concern now is on the number of days that recovering individuals need to wait before going for the jab.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests a wait for 90 days from the day one tests positive for Covid-19 if he/she has not received the vaccine.

A report by The Indian Express quoted immunologist Dr Vineeta Bal from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), infection-triggered immunity is likely to last for a few months, and it would be advisable to wait for 6-8 weeks after recovery.

Vaccine scientist Dr Gagandeep Kang told Indian Express that data from the UK shows there is 80% protection following a natural infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is fine to even wait up to six months, she said.

This is in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) which reviewed data and said it was all right to delay vaccination for six months after a natural infection, as natural antibodies are likely to persist in the body until then.

For those infected after the first dose, the second dose can be given eight weeks after the person tests positive.

The body starts producing antibodies after the infection and it is akin to getting a vaccine. However it is advisable to wait for at least eight weeks before taking the second dose, experts recommend.

Scientists are still learning about natural and vaccine-induced immunity. According to the CDC, it typically takes two weeks for the body to build protection after vaccination, and hence it is possible to get infected.

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Karnataka Temporarily Suspends Vaccination For 18-44 Age Group, Will Prioritise Second Dose

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Owing to the short supply of Covid vaccines, Karnataka on Wednesday decided to ‘temporarily suspend’ vaccination drive for those aged between 18 to 44 years.

In a series of tweets, the Karnataka Health department said that the state government has decided that the vaccine procured directly by the state government for vaccination of persons between 18 and 44 years too will be utilised for vaccination of beneficiaries who are due for the second dose.

“Therefore, all vaccines available with the state government i.e. supplied by union government and procured directly by state will be utilized for vaccination of beneficiaries due for second dose,” the Karnataka health department tweet explained.

The Health department added that vaccination drives for the 18 to 44 age group, including those who have already booked appointments will be temporarily suspended from May 14 till further orders.

According to the health department, the state government on May 7 had decided to utilise the complete supply of vaccines provided by the union government for vaccination of persons above 45 years, for vaccinating beneficiaries who were due for second dose.

“But under the changed circumstances and severe shortage of vaccine, the vaccine procured directly by the state government for vaccination of persons between 18 to 44 years too will be utilised for vaccination of beneficiaries who are due for second dose,” a senior health department official told reporters on the condition of anonymity.

The health department added that this order will be applicable for Covid vaccination at all state-run Covid vaccination centres in the state.

As of now, only two vaccines manufactured by Pune based Serum Institute of India (SII) and Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech are allowed in India for mass inoculation programme, but these companies are struggling to meet the country’s overwhelming demand for vaccines amid the ferocious second wave that has seen India’s Covid burden go up manifold.

Karnataka symbolically launched anti-Covid vaccination drive on May 1 but ever since it has failed to take off due to short supply of vaccines.

Karnataka Health minister, K. Sudhkar was first to state on April 30 that it was better to put off the launch of the drive on May 1 as the state had not received required stock and this was even endorsed by Chief Minister, B.S. Yediyurappa on that day. But, Yediyurappa the next day launched the vaccination drive symbolically on May 1.

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Check Out Tithi, Shubh Muhurat, Rahu Kaal and Other Details For Thursday

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Panchang: The day Guruvara is dedicated to Lord Brihaspati who is known as the priest of Gods

May 13 will mark the Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi of Hindi month Vaishakha in Vikram Samvat 2078 and the day is Guruvara (Thursday). The Dwitiya tithi will prevail up to the full night on May 13. The day Guruvara is dedicated to Lord Brihaspati who is known as the priest of gods. Devotees observe fast and worship Lord Brihaspati by offering yellow flowers, sandals, clothes, jaggery and gram pulse. He is also believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Know about the tithi, timings, Nakshatra, and other details for May 13.

Sunrise and Sunset time for May 13:

Sunrise time – 05:32 am

Sunset time – 07.04 pm

Moonrise time – 06.26 am

Moonset time – 08.33 pm

Tithi, Nakshatra, and Rashi Details for May 13:

Dwitiya Tithi will prevail up to a full night on May 13. The Nakshatra will be Rohini up to the full night. Sun will remain in Mesha Rashi while Moon will transition to Vrishabha Rashi.

Shubh Muhurats on May 13:

The most auspicious muhurat of the day i.e, Abhijit Muhurat will prevail between 11:51 am and12:45 pm on May 13. This time period is believed to be one of the most auspicious muhurat to perform any puja or to start any work. There are some other shubh muhurats which also prevail for a certain period of time almost every day. These are Vijaya muhurat andGodhuli muhurat which will take place between 02:33 pm and03:27 pm, 06:50 pm and 07:14 pm, respectively. There will be no Amrit Kalam for today.

Inauspicious timings for May 13:

The most inauspicious muhurat Rahu Kalam will prevail between 1.59 pm and3.41 pm on May 13. It is said that any auspicious work during this time is interfered with by planet Rahu. Other inauspicious muhurat like Gulikai Kalam and Varjyam will last from 08:55 am to 10:36 am and 08:44 pm to 10:32 pm.

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