SOS Messages Of Lack of Beds & Supplies; Active Black Market Reported On Social Media

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As India registered over 2.17 lakh cases in the past 24 hours shortage of beds, life-saving drugs and oxygen cylinders, are being reported all over India. The government across the country has imposed strict restrictions and weekend lockdowns to prevent the rising surge of cases. Yet, cries for help from the family of patients who are Covid positive are getting more common by the day.

These stories not unique. Social media is filled with accounts of family members struggling to save their loved ones. SOS messages asking for plasma donations from recovered patients is another common occurrence.
“As per the data of last 10-15 days, 65 per cent of patients are below 45 years of age. Your health and life are very important to us. So, I would like to appeal to the youth to step out of the house only when it is necessary and follow all Covid protocols,” Delhi CM Kejriwal had recently said at a press conference.

The shortage in supply is leading to black marketing of   Remdesivir in Delhi and several other cities. Many users on Twitter are raising the issue of Remdesivir being sold on the black market. In January and February, there was a scaling down or stoppage of production of Remdesivir. Later on April 11, the government halted the export of the drug and Remdesivir active pharmaceutical ingredients till the Covid spread is contained.

Recently, a medical shop owner and two others were arrested by the Madhya Pradesh police’s Special Task Force (STF) for allegedly black marketing Remdesivir injections used in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
2 days back, a Mumbai doctor and 2 others arrested for selling Remdesivir in the black market.
The gang had offered three injections for a total price of Rs. 59,000. The retails price is about Rs. 1,400 per injection.
Several states including Maharashtra, Gujarat and Jharkhand over the last few weeks have requested the centre for more vaccines.
The union government has insisted that there was overall no shortage of the drug but advocated its rational use.
Hospitals are also turning patients away because they lack supplies. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked the central government to send oxygen by army aircraft, as road transportation was taking too long to replenish the supply in hospitals.
Reports of crematoriums running at full capacity have surfaced. Metal structures of furnaces at some crematoriums in Surathave started melting or breaking as they are being used round-the-clock due to the rush of bodies amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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