Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], May 1 (ANI): Dr Rupali Basu, CEO of Woodlands Hospital in Kolkata stated her hospital is prepared for inoculation of folks between 18-44 age group however they do not have vaccine doses as of now to start out the vaccination drive.
She stated the hospital has written to vaccine manufacturers– Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech– however they will not have the ability to present vaccine doses until June.
“Phase III of vaccination is different from other phases, we have been asked by the government to write to the manufactures directly for the supply of vaccines. We have written to Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech and they said they won’t be able to provide us vaccines till June. We are still in conversation with them. We don’t have the vaccine with us but we are ready with staffing, vaccination centre, and process. The moment we get the vaccines, we will start the vaccination,” she instructed ANIDr Basu added that she is hopeful that the hospital will obtain vaccines by May 5 to start out the vaccination of folks between the age of 18 and 44.
“In West Bengal, vaccination does not start till May 5 as May 1 is a holiday, and May 2 is election results. May 3 and 4 are also not vaccination days. We are still in conversation with manufacturers and I will be hoping that I will get vaccines by then,” she stated.
The third part of the vaccination drive is scheduled to start out on May 1 for folks aged 18 to 45. The Centre on April 19 had introduced a ”liberalised” coverage, making all above 18 years of age eligible to get vaccinated from May 1. It has additionally allowed state governments and personal hospitals to buy vaccines from producers.
Registration for the brand new eligible inhabitants teams has commenced from 4 pm on Wednesday. Potential beneficiaries can both register instantly on CoWIN portal (cowin.gov.in) or via the Aarogya Setu app.
Dr Basu highlighted that an unprecedented quantity of medical oxygen consumption is seen within the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There is an unprecedented need for oxygen seen in this wave. Out of 100 COVID beds occupied in my hospital, 70 need oxygen, and all the patients are using a very large amount of oxygen. This kind of oxygen requirement has not been seen before. The smaller hospitals that are using cylinders are not used to such requirements. The entire system is giving away. Though the governments are doing a lot of work to sort this issue,” she stated.
Talking in regards to the scarcity of different sources like beds and drugs, she stated that the statistics of sufferers within the second wave his a lot bigger than the primary wave and due to this fact the sources are getting stretched.
“Last year we were prepared to deal with a certain number, and we did not have an issue. We managed the first wave smartly. The second wave came with many different numbers. The statistics are much huge. Beds, medication and other resources are getting stretched because of the sheer volume,” she stated and added that to handle the disaster, the hospital is “adding more beds on different levels to manage mild, moderate and severe cases.”She added that India continues to be on the ‘up curve’ of the second wave, and the federal government “must think about ways to break the transmission of the virus to control the spread.””We are still on the up curve and we may see the peek by end of May. To break the up curve we have to break the transmission of the disease. The government much think about ways to break the transmission of the disease,” Dr Basu stated. (ANI)