The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that it was stepping up efforts to help India as hospitals here strived to cope with a huge rise in coronavirus cases, including bringing in oxygen and other essential supplies. Source- Reuters
The Covid-19 situation in India
India's death toll is currently close to 2,00,000, and some hospitals are alienating coronavirus patients as they do not have enough oxygen supplies and beds.
WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said that the crisis had deteriorated due to mass gatherings of people, more contagious variants, and low vaccination rates." We are working with the government to bring in essential supplies like oxygen and alleviate the immediate situation," he added. The WHO was providing 4,000 oxygen concentrators, which only need an energy source, he said. Portable field hospitals are being set up and laboratory equipment is being provided for testing. Over 2,600 WHO experts already working in the country on other health programs have been stationed in India to respond to the pandemic, the U.N. agency has said.
People getting Admitted to Hospitals when Home Care would Suffice
The problem has worsened by some people going to the hospital when home care would suffice, Jasarevic said. Less than 15% of people infected with COVID-19 need hospital care and even fewer will need oxygen, he said. Community-level centers should screen patients and advise on safe home care, he said.