Three patients die in ambulances outside government hospital due to unavailability of beds
Salem: In another example of the crippling healthcare system while the Covid-19 wave rages through India, three Covid-19 patients lost their lives while they were undergoing treatment in the ambulances that were parked on the premises of Salem Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College and Hospital.The tragic incident happened because the hospital did not have sufficient beds to treat the ailing patients. This is because the patients had been kept in the ambulances and were getting treatment in the vehicles only. The deceased were two men aged 42 and 45 and a woman aged 30. The doctors had asked the paramedics to keep them in the ambulances as they were short of resources. Reports suggest that all three patients had comorbidities and lost their lives as they had stopped responding to the treatments in the ambulances. They had been brought to the government hospital from private hospitals at the eleventh hour as their condition became critical. The dean of the hospital while speaking to the media said that the hospital had 8-- beds with oxygen and that the district had been recording over 500 fresh cases every day. He said that it was not possible to accommodate everybody. and that the hospital management had also taken steps to set up an additional 200 beds with oxygen facilities.