Crimeans report lack of artificial lung ventilation machines, high mortality from Covid-19

Source : 112 Ukraine

People are forced to wait in queues for available devices for five-seven hours
20:49, 18 September 2020

There are not enough artificial lung ventilation machines in Crimea; people are forced to wait in queues for the available machines for five-seven hours and the mortality among old people is very high, as DOM TV channel reported citing public figure and Crimean citizen Edem Dudakov.

“Our people might have more contacts with new arrivals than others. That is why there was less coronavirus but now we have a very serious situation. The weddings are canceled; people cancel them. However, the state does not cancel them. I think that we need to refrain from all this. From different large gatherings, because recently, there are a lot of lethal cases among people whom I know well,” the Crimean Tatar activist said.

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Dudakov commented on data of Reuters that in Russia, the real reason for death is mentioned only in a third of the lethal cases of Covid-19.

“After all, we separate Crimea from Russia. In Crimea, the situation is dismal. A father of my acquaintance died. They live in Simferopol; her father was hospitalized to Dzhankoi; however, there are no places. While he was transferred there, he got a place at Dzhankoi hospital; he died. We have high mortality among old people,” he said.

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The second problem in the Crimean hospitals is the lack of artificial lung ventilation machines.

“My friend Sadykh - I will not call his last name - stays in the hospital. He, literally, was saved only because he has acquaintances. The queue for oxygen, for artificial lung ventilation machines, is very large. People wait for five-seven hours when they take a turn; that is why the situation is very serious. I believe that after this resort season, which was very successful, more problems were brought. Because this year, as the borders are closed, more Russian people arrived than ever,” Edem Dudakov concluded.

As of September 18, 3,228 cases of infection with coronavirus were detected in Ukraine. 169,472 people got infected with Covid-19 since the beginning of the epidemic. 3,468 passed away (+68 per 24 hours), 75,548 recovered (+1,573 per 24 hours).




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