Pratik Sawant, president of the Goa Association of Resident Doctors (GARD), told Al Jazeera the hospitals had been overwhelmed with patients in April.
“Against a capacity of 700 beds in GMCH, we had 950 patients. Some of the deaths did occur due to oxygen deficit, but it was a combination of a lack of personnel, dearth of medical equipment, and low supplies of medicines,” he said.
‘This hospital has left us orphaned’
On May 8, Cracy Fernandes, 39, rushed both her parents to GMCH after they showed COVID-like symptoms. After four days of what she termed “complete negligence” by doctors and nurses, both her parents passed away on May 12.
“When we brought them in, they were forced to share one oxygen cylinder. When we checked, the cylinder was empty,” Cracy told Al Jazeera.
She said at one point, the doctor asked her to put the oxygen mask on her father, a 67-year-old patient with diabetes.
“They would ask us to take off the IV drip. How can we do such things without training? We had to run around for 20 minutes just to find a nurse,” she said.
Hours after her mother – who was 60 with no comorbidities – passed away, her father’s condition deteriorated. But there was no empty ICU bed in the hospital, Cracy said.