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COVID-19 Triggers an Oxygen Crisis in India

by Wisdom Frida
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In the past month, patients in India were severely deficient in medical oxygen. In severe Covid-19 cases, the oxygen content in the body will drop sharply. In this case, the cells in the body do not have enough oxygen to perform their normal functions. If the oxygen shortage problem is not resolved, the cells may actually start to die.


The U.S. Air Force delivered large amounts of medical supplies to India’s airports to alleviate the plight of the epidemic in India. (Photo via Twitter@USAID)

Seattle, WA (Merxwire) – The U.S. uses military aircraft to deliver more urgently needed life-saving supplies to India, “we’ve sent 4 gray tails to India, containing 1m Rapid Diagnostic Tests, 545 Oxygen Concentrators, 1,600,300 N95 masks, 457 Oxygen cylinders, 440 regulators, 220 pulse oximeters and 1 Deployable Ox. Concentration System. It’s been a heroic effort from all involved.”said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

Patients in India are severely deficient in medical oxygen. But why is there such a shortage? In the past week or so, India has clearly lacked medical oxygen, which is obvious. You can see the debate on oxygen cylinders in every forum, and doctors and hospitals don’t know where to buy more medical oxygen. But what is medical oxygen? Medical oxygen is different from the air we breathe. Medical oxygen is at least 82% pure oxygen without any pollution, including pollution from other gases. On the contrary, the atmosphere we breathe contains various gases, such as nitrogen, argon, carbon dioxide, etc., and only 21% oxygen.

According to experts, what India lacks is not medical oxygen. The problem is transportation and logistics. The country does not have enough cryogenic trucks to facilitate round-the-clock transportation.

Oxygen therapy is essential for respiratory diseases, such as COVID-19 or pneumonia, one of the leading causes of death for children or older adults in low-income countries. Hypoxemia is one of the complications of COVID-19. Hypoxemia occurs when the oxygen content in a person’s blood is low. When there is insufficient oxygen in the blood, human organs start to stop functioning.

When patients with severe Covid-19 hypoxemia-the level of oxygen in the blood is too low, oxygen therapy is essential. This is why it is necessary to install an oxygen supply system in the hospital because it mainly affects the lungs. But the government has not invested enough funds for this infrastructure for many years.

In severe Covid-19 cases, the oxygen content in the body will drop sharply. In this case, the cells in the body do not have enough oxygen to perform their normal functions. If the oxygen shortage problem is not resolved, the cells may start to die. According to experts, what India lacks is not medical oxygen.

India’s healthcare system is overwhelmed by the rapid increase in cases as it faces a shortage of hospital beds, ventilators, oxygen supplies and medications used to treat patients.

India is trying to adjust the supply chain to shift medical oxygen from certain areas with oversupply to more. Now, the government has brought oxygen supply to the hardest-hit regions through special train services. The army was also mobilized to transport tankers and other supplies from domestic and international sources. Emergency medical supplies are flying in from other countries, and tremendous assistance is being carried out.

 

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