COVID-19 is currently hitting India extremely hard. As of the 29 April there reported 378,25 infections and 3,645 deaths in the last 24 hours. The caseload has surged to 18.3 million cases.
The aggressive second wave of the pandemic has overwhelmed hospitals unable to arranged adequate oxygen supply for the mounting case numbers. As hospitals across the country grapple with an influx of critically ill COVID-19 patients, the demand for medical oxygen has increased by 67% in the last nine days according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The country has a chronic shortage of space on its intensive care wards. Doctors have described how people are dying on the streets outside the hospitals as the country struggles to cope.
What is needed?
Critical assistance is required to expand the ICU beds across hospitals, oxygen support services, medical equipment and PPE kits, vaccination services, supply and availability of medicines, enhanced testing facilities and shortage of healthcare providers.
What is ADRA doing?
ADRA India is coordinating with the local government and the Adventist hospitals to enhance their capacities to respond to the critical and immediate needs of treating and managing COVID-19 patients at their hospitals with below proposed actions:
- Donate a Oxygen Generation Plant (OGP) to the METAS Adventist Hospital in Surat, Gujarat state. It’s the biggest Adventist hospital in India and is one of the leading hospitals in the city there. It’s a 300 bed multi-speciality hospital and now they’ve converted the whole hospital as a COVID-19 hospital, which has so far treated 10,000 COVID cases. They don’t have an OGP and rely on daily oxygen cylinder suppliers.
- Provide PPE and medical equipment to two Adventist Hospitals in Pune and Bangalore – identified and requested by the SDA Health Secretary
- Support vaccine clinics in Delhi with staff and resources
The response will be scaled up as more funds become available. ADRA has released US$250,000 towards the first phase of the response.
What can you do?
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