A man has been forced to undergo a ventilation procedure to end his life due to the shortage of specialists in his area, a practice that could have saved his life.
“I was waiting for my husband to die, but now I don’t know what will happen,” said Shashi, who does not want to be named.
He is in the middle of a battle with chronic respiratory failure (CRSF), a condition in which the body’s immune system becomes overwhelmed and the heart can no longer pump enough oxygen to the lungs.
After his wife died from CRSF last year, Shashi began receiving daily injections of steroids.
But the injections were too slow, and his lungs began to fill up with fluid, which led to the death of his wife.
The doctor who treated Shashi said that even if Shashi had not been treated at all, he would have been able to breathe on his own and live on his back.
His wife’s husband, Ashish, has been receiving injections every two weeks for the past two years.
“When my husband dies, I will be there to give him the last dose of steroids,” he said.
In November, the Indian government announced a plan to increase the number of doctors and nurses in the state by about 300 by the end of the year.
However, some doctors say that the increase will only help a select few.
“If you get a new doctor, he is not going to see everyone who comes in.
He is going to focus on people with high risks,” said Prof Pankaj Kumar, who heads the state-level commission for healthcare delivery.
A few months ago, the state government announced an emergency fund of Rs 10 crore to address the shortage.
But many of the doctors who had been getting the injections said they did not feel any urgency in getting the injection.
“We need to do our job.
This is our duty,” said Ashish.”
In the past, doctors had said they would get injections if they could.
Now, we are not so sure,” he added.
According to the state’s health minister, Dr K K Singh, the injection program is the result of “a concerted effort to bring in new doctors”.
But the doctors say the government has not implemented its promise and there is a lack of staff in the medical facilities.
“It is a crisis.
If we get more doctors, we will be able to do the injections,” said Dr P K Joshi, who has been treating patients for more than 40 years.”
I have seen many cases where the patients were so desperate that they did the injections without even a doctor present,” he told NDTV.
“Now, we can’t give them injections.”
He said it was important to look for doctors who have been working in the area for at least five years.
The state government has also set up a special unit to address medical shortages, but it has not yet opened a clinic to address CRSFs.
According to Dr K Singh’s estimates, more than 1,000 people have died of CRSIs in the last five years, and thousands more are on life support.
Dr Kumar says the problem is not confined to the poor and marginalised sections of the population.
“Many of these people have poor families.
And so they have relatives who can’t afford the treatment.
But they have no choice but to do it,” he explained.