The COVID-19 positive cases are on a surge since August. And on average everyday 1000 new cases are reporting while on average daily 40 people are succumbed to death due to the pandemic in the City.
The hospitals are full, patients are forced to wait for getting a bed in both government and private hospitals as the cases are rapidly increasing in the city.
NMC authorities claiming to have prepared beds for the COVID-19 patients seems to be just in the paper and patients often found themselves waiting for a bed in the hospital.
Former NMC Chief Tukaram Mundhe had claimed to be prepared with 10,000 COVID-19 dedicated beds in the city for the treatment but the current scenario gives a different story.
IGMC and Government Medical Hospital which has been constantly treating COVID-19 positive patients are filling up fast and now are short on beds.
Mayo’s dedicated COVID-19 Hospital has 600 beds, of which 200 are ICU beds, but the biggest problem is the shortage of doctors and medical staff.
Mayo administration had demanded 126 doctors but it has not even been paid attention to. There is also a shortage of paramedical staff. The situation is the same at GMCH. There is also a need for at least 288 doctors but there is a shortage of 40 percent. Due to a shortage of medical personnel and ventilators, the infected are facing huge problems. Many times oxygen cylinders are not available.
The same is the condition of private hospitals in the city as they are filling up rapidly. And many people are even not able to afford the treatment in private hospitals due to the money being leveraged upon them for the treatment which is very high even after the government sets the charges of treatment.
These are some of the major reasons why the death toll of patients is increasing continuously in the city and has reached.
Another problem is that people who are being advised for home isolation are not getting proper guidance as NMC does say to contact such person but takes time.
Recently civic authorities released guidelines for phase-wise unlock 4.0 in the city where they removed the odd-even rule set for the non-essential shops and are now allowed to remain open up to 9 pm daily. Liquor shops will continue to operate as per earlier guidelines. Passenger movement by private bus / mini-bus and others are also allowed.
People are also crowding places and are often seen breaking rules and not following social distancing norms. Not wearing a mask and not adopting the behavioral change in life and adjusting to the new normal is among other reasons why the cases are on surge in Nagpur city.
On Wednesday, the city recorded the highest single-day jump in COVID-19 cases to date as it reports 1703 fresh COVID-19 cases taking the tally to over 32,705.
With 41 fatalities, the toll has surged to 1132 on Wednesday. The total active cases are 9,917 including 5,798 asymptomatic cases advised for home isolation. The recovery rate in Nagpur district read 66.22%.