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Few ICU beds at Lok Nayak, DDU hospital; proves deadly for 62-year-old patient

New Delhi: A 62-year-old critically ill patient died due to non-availability of ICU bed in the in government-run hospital in the national Capital.

The patients suffered brain hemorrhage and approached two big hospitals in Delhi but could secure a bed and ventilator support at Lok Nayak hospital and DDU hospital in Delhi.

The patient, Kishore Kumar suffered a brain hemorrhage got paralysed.

"We immediately approached to Lok Nayak hospital on March 27, 2019," said Rohit, son of the Kishore kumar.

Over there at the critical care department, the duty doctor supervised the patients and asked Rohit to take his father to another hospital as there was no bed available in ICU at Lok Nayak Hospital. Source said, "The hospital took no pain to ensure that the patient was shifted to a Hospital having availability of ICU bed and Neuro Surgeon." He said, "Rohit was running from pillar to post to save the life of his father but all goes in vain as his father breathed his last early in the morning on April 2, 2019."

"On March 30, 2019, Rohit approached me and I sent him to Dr Vikas Rampal, MS, Deep Chand Bandu Hospital, Ashok Vihar. Dr Rampal told Rohit that hospital has ICU bed available but it did not have a Neuro Surgeon to treat the patient, therefore, it would be no use to take the patient there."soure added.

Source claimed, "On April 1, 2019, I circulated a message on Free Beds WhatsApp. I also contacted Delhi Government Helpline No. 22300012 and was told that except one ICU bed available in Deep Chand Bandu Hospital, no ICU bed is available in any of the 33 Delhi Govt. Hospitals." Source stated that inadequate number of ICU beds has compelled all government hospitals in Delhi to deny intensive care even to critically ill patients, which leading to many "preventable" deaths.

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