MUMBAI, India (AP) – Inside the BKC Jumbo Field Hospital in Mumbai, a health worker adjusts the oxygen mask of a COVID-19 patient as doctors, nurses and specialists monitor close and watch over hundreds of sick people.
The mega pop-up hospital in the financial capital of India is set up with tents and metal partitions and looks like a war room. It has a capacity of over 2,000 beds with state-of-the-art medical facilities including intensive care units and beds with oxygen and ventilators. It is almost completely full.
Its doctors and nurses constantly monitor patients, holding some hands to calm them down as they are having difficulty breathing, or touching them to see how well they respond. In some cases, they help patients use cell phones to talk to family members, who are not allowed to visit.
The Indian state of Maharashtra in western India, home to Mumbai, is one of the worst-affected states in the country, struggling with an outbreak of coronavirus infections that has overwhelmed hospitals and left people field facilities like BKC vital.
Maharashtra peaked with more than 68,000 daily cases last month, a number considered a massive undercoverage. It has since seen a drop in its newly reported cases, reporting just over 37,000 infections in the past week and 549 deaths.
Maharashtra, the country’s second most populous state, has reported more than 5 million cases since the start of the pandemic and more than 75,000 deaths.
BKC’s field hospital currently has 329 doctors and 330 nurses, said Dr Rajesh Dere, the man in charge of running the hospital, who has treated more than 22,600 COVID-19 patients since its inception in May. last to provide free treatment and medication. to patients.
“I think no hospital or very few hospitals could have functioned on such a large scale,” Dere said.
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