Mangaluru: Situation grim in Dakshina Kannada as all ICU beds get occupied


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, May 5: Although Dakshina Kannada (DK) district has 67 hospitals including the district government hospital, eight medical college hospitals, taluk hospitals etc, all the intensive care unit (ICU) and ventilator beds are full. Patients are worried about the non-availability of beds now.

The people's representatives and officials have been claiming that there are enough ICU and ventilator beds in the district, duly assuring the patients not to worry. This claim is false, as none of the hospitals have ICU beds now. Medical colleges however have normal beds.

The district has 5,164 Covid beds, 3,125 normal beds, 1,528 oxygen beds, 204 HFO beds, 152 ICU beds, 155 ventilator beds and 3,891 non-Covid beds in total.


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It is gathered that people suffering from breathlessness visiting the hospitals for treatment are advised to undergo home isolation. Some have been going from one hospital to the other with patients in the ambulance, and admitting them at some place at the end.

A few young people have been striving to get the coronavirus patients treated, and they know the truth. A person named Hashim was taken in an ambulance to four hospitals on Monday night before getting a ventilator bed in Wenlock Hospital. A person identified as Chandrashekhar went around all the hospitals before getting admitted into a normal bed.

Asif Deals of Wellness Helpline, Illyas Bajpe of Popular Front of India, and Asif Bajpe, ambulance river of Friends for Poor, assert that finding a vacant bed has turned into a herculean task as none of the hospitals have ICU beds. They say that several patients have registered their names for the allotment of such beds when available. Suhail Kandak, Zacharia Parvez, Zia Ahmed Khader Kankanady, Mazair Kudroli, Surai Kudroli and Shahul Hameed Kashipatna are engaged in providing these services.

It is learnt that in addition to the number of corona patients increasing in the district, people facing serious problem from Udupi, Utara Kannada, Kasargod, Chikkamagaluru and Kodagu district are being brought here for treatment and therefore the calculations of the officials go for a toss.

District health officer, Dr Kishore Kumar, said that all the ventilator beds in the district are full and 80 percent of the ICU beds are also full. He said that efforts are being made to get information about the available beds in different hospitals on a daily basis, and the hospitals and doctors have been asked to send patients only after confirming about the availability of beds.

When a representative of a Kannada newspaper contacted ten leading hospitals on phone on Tuesday, all of them said they did not have ICU beds and only normal beds are available. All of them said they can provide treatment for other ailments but not for coronavirus infection.

A social worker, Asif, has suggested that all the hospitals have to provide availability of beds with them in front of their hospitals so that the patients need not run from pillar to post. He said that the district administration had been often requested to provide details about the availability of ICU and ventilator beds in hospitals since a year but even now this information is not available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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  • Sunil K, Mangalore

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Vicky/ Shanker - So now you both say that no government could have prevented this catastrophe. Then why don't bhakts strongly recommend BJP and Modi to resign before more lives are lost and let someone from the opposition take over control of the governance. Maybe we can finally find a competent leader.

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  • William Rodrigues, Milagres, Mangalore

    Thu, May 06 2021

    Sir, it is very simple...if you have money in your pocket you will spend. Similarly if one has brain he will use. So please don't blame our so called.........!. We only elected them ...no use talking now.....!

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Anything connected to Covid19 is being hoarded and black marketed by rogue oppurtunists in collusion with corrupt authorities & hospitals! Total failure of administration in dealing with the crisis! Rich are getting richer, and poor are getting pushed to the brink of suicide! IMHO, any country where education and medical is not free or heavily subsidized can never prosper; see the system in Cuba!

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Wed, May 05 2021

    All MLA's and MP of DK and udupi are hiding when there is kathra..modi beku bjpee beku..ega yaru illa

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  • tds, Mangalore

    Wed, May 05 2021

    How many hospitals have fake bookings??

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  • Anand R, Mangalore

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Market was full, Buses were full, shopping mall full, Marriage hall full ... Now hospital beds too.

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  • Ajith, Mangalore

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Eega Smashana Kooda house full

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  • Sameer, Riyadh

    Wed, May 05 2021

    The ascent to the peak has not even begun and hospital beds, ICU's and ventilators are full. As pointed out by many in the comments, our elected representatives and administration were beating their own drums about everything is in order and there is no shortage. Either you were not aware of the ground reality and bluffing or there is something seriously going wrong in the hospitals. Look at the count of infections until 27th April in DK. It was around 476 cases and on 28th April it became 1100. How come it increased by more than 100%? Did the cases increase because of the infected people arriving from Bangalore mainly? Nobody from the admin came out with the explanation as to why the cases increased within a day. The hospital beds should be reserved and allotted for DK people alone.

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  • Rehna, Mangalore

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Dc of Mangalore just yesterday had told DK has nothing to worry as sufficient ICU beds are available and the voice of Kota Srinivas Poojari was the same. Within 24 hrs what happened. Is any Mafia hands are there to make money like what happened in Bangalore. Where are the congress people gone. Come out and help the people as BJP MP 's and MLA's are on Coma.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, May 05 2021

    @ Shankar/Vicky Why you people pouring fuel on the burning fire or on burnt wounds ? 100% certain that our governments in efficiency and carelessness or easy going attitude resulted in dragging the situation to the point where we are today. Time wasted is time lost. We cannot replenish. WHO and all the major countries were well prepared or took some initiative to build emergency infrastructures and other stock piling of critical vaccines and basic requirements. How elections plans went on smoothly and without any hurdles. ??? There are chances of 3rd wave coming up and people do not expect any excuses. At least our Disaster recovery advisory committee should have played some role, so as our Judiciary and medical expertise should have advised our government. Doctors, hospitals, frontline workers, productions centers and public is under terrible concern and stress. What will be next ?

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Wed, May 05 2021

    There are reports of a big racket going on across the country where beds are booked in benami names or fake patients are admitted & later these beds sold to patients with fat pockets who don't mind doling out exorbitant charges! Also many outstation patients who couldn't manage a bed in their places may have been admitted with heavy charges to make a quick buck! Who is going to keep a check on this? And common patients are shunned as they cannot be milched!

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, May 05 2021

    DK, Udipi and the karnataka administration has failed miserably to provide covid care for sure. There must be helpline to enquire about the beds. Even existing helplines also invoved in corrupt practices by booking beds in non symptomatic patients.

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  • Vincent, Mangalore

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Temporary hospital beds may be created. Question is from where we get the ICU trained doctors and nurses. 24x7 monitoring is required in ICU. Oxygen levels fluctuate and skilled team of doctors and nurses only handle the situation provided there is logistic support such as oxygen and medical equipments Think about other non covid patients on emergency

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  • Stevan F, Udupi

    Wed, May 05 2021

    God bless the frontline workers and Good Samaritans.

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  • Adrian, Bendur

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Seriously dont understand why cant they set up field hospitals like coverting the large halls, venues etc to handle the current situation. Why are they waiting for the situation to go out of control and then start exploring this option?

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  • JayaPrakash Shetty, Mangalore/UK

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Hi Adrian, I am a doctor in UK. At the height of pandemic field hospital was set up in London in a conference centre. When cases surged they could not use it as there was no skilled staff to operate this. The total set up was only waste of large amount of money. Setting up ICU bed is easy, but you require specially trained doctors to deal with ICU and ventilators. The buzz word here during the height of pandemic was "protect the national health service", please note it was not protect the patients. This is in a country who has lot of money and small population. When cases surged they could not cope. Every health system in world including USA has not been able to deal with surge. People are constantly flouting all safety measures. We are still seeing large marriage functions etc. This has to stop otherwise no hope.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Wed, May 05 2021

    @Shankar In Israel people need not compulsorily wear masks, in France US and UK the cases have come down and restrictions are being eased.Here politicians and administration still blaming people "Ulta Chor Kotwal Ko Dante"..... We are begging from Bangladesh, China and Pakistan....Even though they had more than 1 year 3 months to prepare for the second wave...

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  • SJM, Mangalore

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Better to contact - Tejshwi Surya now ?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Please don't give any bed to Politicians ...

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Only bed for common man. For politicians it is a/c suite with ventilator on standby with oxygen. Oxygen is the first treatment for ALL and reduces both severity and damage from Covid after that only meds like remedesvir and dexamethasone and God knows about kasaya.

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  • Piad, Mangalore

    Wed, May 05 2021

    As it is critical situation, let the hospitals give VIP reserved beds to the common people now .

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  • Vinod Kumar, Mangalore

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Is this some kind of a joke that we are still depending on just 152 ICU beds and 155 ventilator beds? By this time we know very well about the massive requirements of ICU and ventilator beds. The administration should be creating mass temporary hospital facilities to cope up with the expected demand.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Wed, May 05 2021

    There are many private hospitals attached to private medical colleges in Mangalore and Karnataka, they were collecting huge capitation fees for admission to UG and PG courses, they did not invest this money into beds and oxygen plants, where did all the money go.... .

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  • Manohar, Mangalore

    Wed, May 05 2021

    In these days of crisis, any how I appreciate the service provided by the minority community. God bless all of you. Provide help to poor.

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  • Allen, Udupi

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Also check how many beds are fake occupied. Like how it happened in Bangalore recently. We can stoop to any level to make money.

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  • PB, Kudla

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Its not fair but due to critical situation we should stop admitting Kerala residents and reserve the beds for locals.

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  • Nizam, Mangalore

    Wed, May 05 2021

    It's okay to receive oxygens from them. But not okay to allocate bed to needy people. Dude should find solution without impacting anyone. Did our administration had enough time to prepare?

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Wed, May 05 2021

    If this report is validated and found to be accurate, then it indicates an alarming, catastrophic situation, for the 6 lakhs residents, of Mangaluru.

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  • Anil, Mangaluru

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Not true at all . Only beds allotted for Covid are full, all the 8 Medical College s taken together have close to a 1000 beds and ventilator s which are not given to covid patients. I feel the government should take charge of all these colleges and release all these beds - anyway most of the colleges have stopped doing elective cases and are only doing emergencies.

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  • rolf, Dubai

    Wed, May 05 2021

    H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri. Tue, May 04 2021 This is certainly a devastating news, if India has followed UAE, USA, UK, Australia ans many other nation fighting corona.insisted of playing Mandir masjid Hindu Muslim banning election and mega ralles because of the Government negligence poor people are the worst effected in this second wave of Covid19 pandemic... This invariably indicates a massive humanitarian crisis, which have caused unaccounted deaths... There is acute shortages of beds, with oxygen and ventilators. Drug Remdevisir has virtually disappeared... India is facing the worst calamity since independence !!!! under cheddi goverment.

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  • Mbeary, Dxb

    Wed, May 05 2021

    The elected representatives except UT khader seem to have already given hand to us. God bless us if situation goes out of control

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Jaathidaar maathra sari. Bethe jana poora wrong!!!!

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Please tell us how many beds are occupied by Bangalore and Kerala patient's for exorbitant money. This is unfair to Dakshina kannada residents.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Unfit government and useless administration. After85 years we are still not in a position to be self sufficient in mediccal supplies and necessary equipments and supplies. Boasting government has finally provided their worth.

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  • Vicky, Manjeswara

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Flavy...please dont blame for mismanagement. No problem. We can start from scratch. No alternative.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Flavian, This was the same case with Italy, US, UK, France and Brazil. When a city normally requires 1000 beds on usual days, why would it build hospitals with 50000 beds? These are emergency situations, we have to cope up and build temporary hospitals or convert railway coaches into treatment centers as India is doing now. No government whether Congress or CPM would have done any better than the government of the day.

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  • Dam, Mangalore

    Wed, May 05 2021

    District Administrator said few they are arranging temporary hospitals in some colleges... Is their any progress ... Or waiting for disaster happened like Bangalore.... ? This is disadvantage of lockdown.... After announcing lockdown officials get relaxed...

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  • Rahul, Mangalore

    Wed, May 05 2021

    BJP leaders already declared that they are in good position to tackle the situation in twin districts. Maybe they are talking about themselves.

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  • Gurka, mangaluru

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Some minister was barking in media that there is no scarcity of OXYGEN ! then what is the use of that ??? He even dont have any clue how many hospitals are there in DK or any future planning to avoid the total uncontrolled situation in DK !! only barking like in front of MEDIA People vote those people LIKE KAMATH, VEDA, NALINI, SHOBA, who disappeared from the scene !!

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  • Vicky, Manjeswara

    Wed, May 05 2021

    difficult to remember there faces.

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  • Roshan, Kudla

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Please do a quick check on how many ICU beds are filled by the residents of DK. our MLA MPS and district admin should be made aware. of it.

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  • Indian, Bangalore

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Very pathetic situation in India. No doubt Coronavirus came to India in 2014.

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  • Vicky, Manjeswara

    Wed, May 05 2021

    Is to remain forever for which you want to struggle to survive.

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