No hospital beds in Noida, Covid patients run pillar to post

Iqbal Singh, a fifty-five-year-old DRDO employee, received a positive Covid report three days ago and his oxygen level began deteriorating soon. His condition turned critical with SPO2 levels dropping below 40 in a matter of a few hours. With not even a single bed available in Noida and Greater Noida, his family went to Delhi searching for admission. Iqbal, eventually, passed away at the Sardar Patel Covid centre.

“We gave our best. We didn’t leave a single hospital unchecked in Noida or Greater Noida. Even in the ambulance his SPo2 levels had gone below 40. The hospitals already had enough patients and they could not take new people. We tried for hours but could not save him,” said Renuka, Iqbal’s daughter.

Even as the Uttar Pradesh government assured people there was no lack of Covid medical facilities, families of several patients put out emergency messages seeking help on social media after being unable to procure beds in Gautam Buddh Nagar district. Some patients even had to travel to other districts in the state for treatment.

“I began the hunt for beds on Saturday when my own SPO2 level began dipping near 80 after I tested positive. We checked up on all hospitals in Greater Noida but they had no bed. The hospitals tell you that they already have patients inside that will require the oxygen beds. And hence could not take new patients. I found a bed in Meerut eventually in a place slightly bigger than a dispensary. Thankfully, my oxygen level stabilised and I did not require critical care because I would not have got it,” said N Thyagarajan, a resident of Greater Noida.
Some patients, who managed to find a bed, were told that only limited treatment would be provided and those seeking oxygen and ventilators should look for a different hospital.

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