Bihar’s decrepit medical infrastructure – Part 1
By Dheeraj Sinha*
Patna: Bihar is virtually sitting on powder keg as the government struggles with its limited infrastructure, leaving people in the lurch when the coronavirus cases are rising are rising alarmingly.
In a state which has doctor to patient ratio of 1:43,788, the state government is left in a lurch, and the situation seems slipping out of hand day by day.
The latest case of crumbling infrastructure in face of surging pandemic was reported from Gaya district on Monday. A corona patient from Sherghati was admitted to Anugrah Narain Magadh Medical College and Hospital but he returned to his house when nobody cared for him at the hospital at least for four hours.
“I left the hospital as I have had apprehension that I would die uncared,” he told local media. Now, the patient is under the treatment of private doctors and his condition is improving too.
It is not an isolated case of corona patient leaving the government hospital with similar complaint. The state government’s utter helplessness in controlling the situation arising due to Covid-19 pandemic has been exposed time and again.
On Monday, the number of coronavirus cases in Bihar crossed 40,000-mark as out of total 470560 samples tested, 41111 samples were found positive. If data is analysed further, it is found that one out of 11 samples was found positive against one out of 50 samples in the preliminary days.
Situation was worse in July as 31367 samples out of total 249670 samples were found positive. It means that one out of 8 patients tested positive. In the last few days, the number of positive cases being reported each day ranged from 2000 to 2500. On Monday, 2192 cases were found positive.
*The writer is a senior journalist