Lakkoju Nagesh Babu
Visakhapatnam, May 10
Shortage of oxygen supply, alleged fleecing by corporate hospitals and long wait at hospitals for admission push up the number of persons preferring treatment at home.
Over 13,000 persons in the steel city of Visakhapatnam are in home isolation after being tested positive. With experts too suggesting those with mild to moderate symptoms to have treatment at home instead of rushing to hospitals, home isolation is gaining ground in the city.
Unlike earlier, various voluntary organisations, neighbours and others are coming forward to extend a helping hand. Some youth even made arrangment for oxygen supply to the covid patients in their wards.
Devotees of Sai and a couple of organisations are supplying food and medicines free of cost to those in home isolation.
However, complaints pour in from several patients who are getting treatment at home that medicine kits are not being provided by the government as promised. Similarly, none from the medical and health department is consulting them, they lament.
Demand for oxygen concentraters
With the number of home isolation cases on the rise, demand for oxygen concentraters is going up. The dealers, to cash in on the situation, increased their cost. The price of each concentrater ranges from Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 1 lakh.
They are also available on rental basis. The sellers charging Rs. 100 to Rs. 150 per hour based on the demand.
Utter chaos prevails at vaccination centres with people thronging them in the wake alarming rise in covid cases. People are gathering in huge numbers throwing all safety norms to winds.
Lack of proper mechanism is adding to the woes further compounding the situation.
At present the vaccine is being administered only to those who are due for the second dose, while the freshers are being asked to wait till June.
Curve continues to go up
Visakhapatnam district continues to be in the list of top five districts with regard to single day cases. On Saturday, the figure zooms to 2,502, the highest single day tally since the outbreak of the dreaded corona.
With fresh cases being reported over 2,000 per day, the total tally in the district is inching close to one lakh causing concern.