Health care workers in India need a heart bypass because there are no cardiac surgeons, which means that the hospitals can’t afford to treat patients who need to be hospitalized, a top official has said.
Health minister Satyendra Nath Kovind said the government will increase the number of doctors in hospitals, adding that he expects to increase the amount of blood transfusions to 1.5 lakh a day, according to the Times of India newspaper.
The number of people being admitted to hospitals across India has also been falling since the start of the pandemic, with a total of 14.4 million patients admitted to six hospitals in October, down from 15.4 lakh in September.
But in the past, many hospitals have faced problems because they lacked doctors with advanced skills.
Last year, the government spent $9.5 million on training doctors for heart bypass surgery.
But experts said the number was not enough to deal with all the patients.