Covid-19: Patients airlifted to other states due to shortage of oxygen supply in Manaus, Brazil
Brazil’s Covid deaths passes the 250,000 mark as the cases continue to rise. The Brazilian city of Manaus is running out of oxygen supply for Covid-19 patients. Health professionals workers warned that many people could die due to lack of assistance and supplies.
Health Minister of Brazil Eduardo Pazuello said that the hospital system is collapsing due to the second wave of Covid 19 and the hospitals are running out of oxygen supplies.
The oxygen ran out and the hospitals have turned into suffocation chambers,” Fiocruz-Amazonia researcher Jesem Orellana told the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper. “Patients who manage to survive could suffer permanent brain damage,” he said. Due to which patients are being airlifted to other states for treatment. The State has made an appeal to the United States to send a Military plane with oxygen cylinders to the city if Manaus.
The Vice-President of Brazil shared images on Twitter of the air-force transporting supplies, including oxygen cylinders and other essentials into the city.
Amazonas suffered heavy losses in the first wave of the pandemic but is also being badly hit by a new rise in infections. efrigerated containers were brought to hospitals to help store bodies last week, as authorities declared a state of emergency.