Friday, April 09, 2021

Mumbai in the coronavirus vaccine crisis

The western Indian state of Maharashtra now has the highest number of coronavirus patients. Hospitals in Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra, have run out of coronavirus vaccines. As a result, many hospitals have suspended vaccination programs for the time being.

Corona infections are breaking records almost every day in the South Asian country. In this country of 130 crore population, 1 lakh 32 thousand new corona patients have been identified in the last 24 hours.

The city of Mumbai, famous for its film industry, has said that out of 81 private hospitals, 25 have no vaccines and vaccinations are not being conducted.

The condition of government vaccination centers is also not satisfactory. People who came to a 1,000-bed hospital on Friday morning to take the first dose of the vaccine were sent back. Heba Patui, a doctor at the hospital, told AFP that 5,000 people are usually vaccinated here every day. But now the program has been postponed due to a shortage of vaccines.

A doctor at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital told AFP that only 160 people had been vaccinated before the vaccine supply ended. Although there were many people waiting to be vaccinated.

The situation is similar in the entire city of Mumbai, said Mangala Gomera, an observer of the city's immunization program. He said that by the end of the day, most of the hospitals in Mumbai would run out of vaccines. Some hospitals may be able to run for another day or two.

City officials tweeted that the shortfall was due to "no vaccination" from the central government.

According to the Ministry of Health, the Times of India reports that there is an average of five days' worth of vaccines in different states. In the meantime, there has been a vaccine crisis in some areas.

Maharashtra's health minister warned on Wednesday that they would not be able to run the vaccination program by the end of the week unless new vaccines were available.


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