Karnataka: Shortage of oximeters, steaming devices in Hubballi-Dharwad | Hubballi News – Times of India
Prakash Hebballi, a techie in Dharwad, said that this is a season when people are afflicted with common fever. “We need to check our blood oxygen level, as the second wave of Covid-19 has struck.
HUBBALLI: While the state is struggling to meet the demand for medical oxygen, the residents of Hubballi-Dharwad are finding it difficult to find oximeters and steaming devices.
They are doing the rounds of medical stores and surgical shops, in search of both these devices, to take care of themselves at home. They are disappointed as the administration is suggesting that they not visit hospitals, but stay isolated in homes. Many people are unable to monitor their blood oxygen level, as oximeters are out of stock.
Prakash Hebballi, a techie in Dharwad, said that this is a season when people are afflicted with common fever. “We need to check our blood oxygen level, as the second wave of Covid-19 has struck. We asked for oximeters at 4 pharmacies in our area. Only 2 pharmacies have oximeters that are not branded, which they are selling at Rs 2,000. I am waiting for branded oximeters for a week,” he said.
A staff member at Apollo Pharmacy, Gokul Road, said that many customers are asking for steamers and oximeters since a week. “We are running out of stock, and noting down customers’ mobile numbers to inform them as soon as we receive the stock,” she added.
Voicing the same, a staff member at Medplus in Lingaraj Nagar, said that they are getting about 20 queries a day for steamers and oximeters. “We sold oximeters till April 21, but have not received any supply since then,” he stated.
Proprietors of different medical stores at Channamma Circle said that they are fed up of saying no to customers, who want steaming decives and oximeters.
Ravindra Bhusanur, president, Dharwad District Chemists and Druggists Association, said that there was a large stock of steaming devices and oximeters, during the first wave of Covid-19 last year. “When demand was high, the dead stock was cleared in the district, and many medical stores are waiting for their next order. As oximeters and steaming devices are not being supplied from our regular channels, we are also unaware about who is supplying them. When we had stock of steaming devices and oximeters from China, customers used to reject them. Now whether it’s Chinese or something else, they are being purchased at high prices. These items were restricted for use in hospitals and clinics earlier, but scarcity was caused when the government and experts suggested to check blood oxygen levels at home. The irony is that the capacity of manufacturing these items has not been enhanced in the country,” he said.
Hebballi stressed that the intervention of the government is needed to get sufficient steaming devices and oximeters, to reduce the burden on hospitals.