The Supreme Court of India said it would form a task force as part of efforts to improve the delivery of medical oxygen to the healthcare sector as a result of the fight against a ruthless second wave of Kovid-19.
Criticizing the government for tackling the growing healthcare crisis, the court on Saturday announced that it had formed a committee to set up an “effective and transparent process” for allocating oxygen to states and hospitals.
This development comes a few weeks after development Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration State governments on top of oxygen supply. The court added that the 12-member committee would “facilitate public health response to the epidemic based on scientific and specialized domain knowledge”.
There were more than 400,000 new cases of covid in India on Saturday, and more than 4,000 deaths were reported despite most parts of the country being subject to various degrees of curfew and lockdown. Tamil Nadu, a hub for India’s automotive industry, announced this weekend that it has imposed a two-week lockdown starting Monday.
The Coronavirus surge Wealthy citizens overwhelm India’s health system by rescuing hundreds of oxygen concentrators from police in New Delhi restaurants to seek life-saving treatment.
In a series of tweets in recent days, police said they had recovered 524 concentrators from a farmhouse on the outskirts of the capital and restaurants in Delhi’s popular Khan Market.
Confirm the number of virus infections in India
Concentrators used to supply pure oxygen to Covid-19 patients were sold at least 3.5 times their normal price, police said.
Authorities are looking for new colors for the restaurant owner, often posing with Bollywood stars and cricketers. At least five more have already been arrested.
Some have praised those source life-saving tools for not being able to take care of carnivirus patients in the hospital.
“My experience is that I put forward 4 people who got a lot of connected OCOs who saved lives. [sic], Tweeted Caller Network’s Delhi-based policy consultant Prashanto Roy, adding that the oxygen condensers were “instantaneous” and “cheaper than the market”.
Roy said the campaigns would have a “cooling effect” on those trying to import oxygen concentrators and other medical equipment to help resolve the crisis.
Over the past month, the country’s social media has been flooded with requests for help from people seeking oxygen, life-saving drugs or hospital beds for critically ill loved ones. Hospital oxygen supplies have been depleted in some cases, resulting in patient deaths.
The shortage of supplies like medicines has created strong financial incentives for those interested in getting involved Fraud, piracy and counterfeiting of drugs.
Police last month raided a number of industrial plants used in the hospital for the manufacture and packaging of injectable antiviral drugs, remedial vials used to treat critically ill Kovid-19 patients. At least 14 people were arrested.
Since the onset of the epidemic, India has confirmed more than 22 million coronavirus infections and more than 242,000 deaths. However, epidemiologists believe that the true number is much higher because of India’s limited testing capacity and the ban on reporting deaths from the disease, which in many cases could be unpaid.