Brazil`s hospitals facing oxygen crisis
Published: 09:44 PM, 15 January 2021 Updated: 09:45 PM, 15 January 2021
The hospitals in the city of Manaus of Brazil have been hit by a massive oxygen crisis since mass vaccinations have not yet begun and it causes medical threats to the city's coronavirus patients.
The BBC quoted health officials as warning in local media on Friday that oxygen shortages could kill many people in the Amazon jungle city.
The city has “run out of oxygen and some health centers have become a type of suffocation chamber,” Jessem Orellana, from the Fiocruz-Amazonia scientific investigation institute, told AFP.
“Here there aren’t any empty beds left, any oxygen tanks, nothing — all we have left is faith,” Manaus resident Luiza Castro told AFP.
Amazonas Governor Wilson Lima said the state was “in the most critical moment of the pandemic.”
A female doctor from the area appealed for help in a video posted on the Internet. "We are in a terrible situation," she said, " A unit of the hospital has run out of oxygen."
In the video clip, the woman said, "There is no oxygen. Many people are dying. If anyone has oxygen, bring it to the clinic. Many people are dying."