JAMMU — While there is a surging demand for oxygen amid unrelenting COVID-19 cases, the requirement for BiPAP machines in hospitals across Jammu and Kashmir has risen sharply.
However, reports from most of the hospitals across J&K indicate a lack of an adequate number of the machines which are easily operated and help a patient, mainly with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), to breathe.
A doctor at Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu said that their faculty are finding it hard to handle a large number of patients with a ‘highly inadequate’ number of BiPAP machines.
“We need many more such machines as the demand is only rising,” said the doctor.
Regarding the mechanism of such machines, the doctor said, “It is a simple machine. When using it, a person takes in pressurized air through a mask to regulate breathing pattern while asleep or when symptoms flare.”
It is highly useful in COVID-19 patients, the doctor added.
Many doctors in several hospitals of Kashmir also expressed concern regarding the ‘inadequate’ number of BiPAP machines.
“The situation created by the COVID-19 is such that you need to have adequate wherewithal to save lives. BiPAP machines are important in contemporary times and the government must ensure sufficient availability,” said a senior doctor at one of the exclusive facilities for the management of the COVID-19.
Despite several attempts, no senior functionary from the health department could be contacted for a comment. (GNS)