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    Covid-19: Mumbaiites rent oxygen cylinders, wait for ICU beds

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    “We have got two oxygen cylinders in our society, we decided to get it after seeing how people are being turned away from hospitals due to lack of beds. We have a doctor in our complex and we have learnt how to operate it,” said Salim Motorwala a resident of Orchid Towers in Mumbai Central.

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    MUMBAI: Several people and housing societies in Mumbai are renting oxygen cylinders for use in an health emergency. This is happening simply because of a lack of ICU beds in the city and residents don’t want to be caught on the wrong foot.

    “We have got two oxygen cylinders in our society, we decided to get it after seeing how people are being turned away from hospitals due to lack of beds. We have a doctor in our complex and we have learnt how to operate it,” said Salim Motorwala a resident of Orchid Towers in Mumbai Central.

    Motorwala’s housing complex is not the only one doing this according to Mumbadevi MLA Amin Patel. There are several people and housing societies renting oxygen cylinders. “I am myself working to set up a 200 oxygen cylinder bank in the city that would cater to patients who are not able to get beds in the city,” said Patel.

    There is an acute shortage of ICU beds in private hospitals and the situation is such that many private hospitals tell patients that there is a waiting period. The waiting period stretches to 30- 50 patients in Mumbai's private hospitals.

    A prominent hospital in South Mumbai had a waiting period of 30 patients on Monday. “We have seen a lot of people die due to lack of ICU beds. By the time they get admission, its too late. One of our own volunteer’s husband unfortunately succumbed as he could not get a bed in time,” said Zohair Diwan.

    Diwan has formed a group with several like minded people, doctors and nurses and has arranged for ten oxygen cylinders.

    Zohra Morbiwala, who is also in the group, said that unlike other ailments Covid-19 patients can’t be kept in a waiting list. “ By the time we arrange a bed for a patient after the waiting period, it gets too late. So, we have decided to arrange for oxygen cylinders.”

    With several people buying and renting the oxygen cylinders there is also a shortage of oxygen cylinders in the city.

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    4 Comments on this Story

    Sathish Edakatmana50 days ago
    Instead of blaming Govt. It is time to support each other. None of the Govt or administration is prepared for such pandemic. Thats the reality.
    natarajan ramesh50 days ago
    LET THE STATE GOVT . IN WHICH VADRA CONGRESS IS A PARTNER BE DISMISSED!
    Prasad Krishna50 days ago
    State governance is pathetic... A mess left out to public to be solved by public themselves.. god help us
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