I've looked for Remdesivir in all cities," said a family member.
"Hospitals are saying we are not responsible for patient's condition otherwise they have to go on ventilators.
So, arrange the injection from outside.
We are not getting the injection as the black marketing for the injection is going on.
The helpline number provided by the administration for Remdesivir injection supply either does not connect or they end up providing some other helpline numbers, all are fake," said another family member.
Noida police arrested 7 people for black marketing of Remdesivir injection, which is an antiviral drug that is being used for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Amid the COVID crisis, its high demand has led to medicine's black marketing. 9 vials with wrapper of Remdesivir has been recovered, ideally the medicine within the injection is used for treating pneumonia. In past few days, several people have been arrested in parts of country for Remdesivir injection's black marketing.
India on Saturday thanked Canada for the shipment of 50 ventilators and 25000 vials of Remdesivir to fight the COVID pandemic. In this regard, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi on Saturday said, "It would further deepen our strategic partnership." Several countries have come forward to help India as the country fights the second wave of Covid-19. Watch the full video for more details.
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Canadian Armed Forces CC-150 Polaris aircraft with medical aid landed in Delhi on May 08. A shipment of 50 ventilators and 25,000 vials of Remdesivir arrived from Canada. It is the first shipment of medical aid from Canada. The deteriorating COVID-19 situation in India has seen a surge in the demand for medical supplies.
The Indian Air Force (IAF)'s C-17 aircraft airlifted two more oxygen tankers from Pune and will land in Gujarat's Jamnagar. IAF has started airlifting big oxygen tankers from their place of use to the filling stations across the country to speed up the distribution of much-needed oxygen amid the COVID-19 crisis. This comes amid oxygen shortage in various parts of the country as the number of COVID-9 cases and deaths continue to rise.
Healthcare workers across the country are working under tremendous pressure amid the second wave of COVID-19. So excruciating is the condition that a doctor in Pune continues to look after patients despite losing his father to the pandemic and his mother and brother, too, are admitted to hospital. Explaining his "difficult situation", Dr Mukund, Director of Sanjeevan Hospital, said the staff cannot rest their eyes as the workload is very extreme. Pune city has over 1 lakh active infections, and is the worst-hit city in Maharashtra.
Samaritans across Indian cities have taken upon themselves to carry out the funeral ceremonies of COVID-19 patients, whose bodies are refused by their families for their last rites. Few among them are the volunteers of a Pune based NGO, Unmat Foundation who cremate the bodies handed over by the hospitals. They even find out the religion of the deceased and perform the last rites according to their religious customs. The volunteers of Mercy angels, an offshoot of a Bengaluru-based NGO Mercy Mission are also working on the same lines. They have been relentless in their service ever since the pandemic strengthened its grip in the country. Many of the volunteers have even caught this infectious disease a number of times but still, they are undeterred in their efforts to serve society. Rising above religious biases and working with only motive to serve humanity, this is what these volunteers have been doing. Their work is an inspiration for everyone to come forward and help the country at this time of need.
The national capital is under grip of the second wave of COVID-19. Amid the devastation, Delhi's Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital increased numbers of COVID-19 beds and added 200 additional COVID beds. All the new beds are supported with medical oxygen. The effort has been made in a bid to provide timely treatment to the COVID patients. Medical Superintendent of RML Hospital Dr Rana AK Singh said, "We were managing with 205 COVID beds but now we've increased 200 oxygen beds more in the hospital. We also have 24 ICU beds for COVID patients. We'll also convert 22 oxygen beds into ICUs." On an average, Delhi is reporting over 20,000 COVID cases in a day.
The second wave of COVID has ravaged the country and the cases are continuously increasing in Jammu and Kashmir as well. Amid the devastation, DRDO in association with JandK administration started construction of 500-bedded COVID hospital in Budgam. All beds will be supported with supply of medical oxygen. There will be 125 fully-equipped ICU beds for COVID patients and 50-double room accommodation facility for doctors and paramedics staff. Locals appreciated this step of govt and extended full support towards it.
Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar indicated delay in phase 3 of COVID vaccine inoculation, which is supposed to get started from May 01 and also requested people from 18-44 age group to refrain from..