Mangaluru: Oximeters in short supply as demand surges in city


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, May 2: With the surge in coronavirus cases in Dakshina Kannada district, there has been a huge spurt in the demand for pulse oximeters. However, there is reportedly a shortage of oximeters in medical shops.

The district administration has advised the people to keep oximeters handy so that they can check for themselves about the onset of coronavirus symptoms.


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People have been advised to remain indoors because of the curfew in place, and to use oximeters and steamers at home. But these two items are not available in the medical shops including Janaushadhi Kendras now.

Several types of oximeters ranging from Rs 1,500 to 3,000 are usually sold in the medical shops. A resident of Bantwal said that the medical shops who claim that they do not have stock, quote higher prices if the customers urge them for the same.

Raveesh, president of Janaushadhi Kendra Dakshina Kannada, has been quoted saying that because of sudden rise in demand, the stock has been exhausted and the same is expected to be replenished by the dealers in a couple of days.

  

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  • Melric Lobo, Mangaluru

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Oxymeters are available online.Those who want can book them and get in two days.Medical stores are now charging about Rs.4000.Online is cheaper

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Before this instrument became famous, it was available online below ₹1000; today, the price has been jacked up to ₹2500+!! Every where black business is going on in essential medical supplies; who's monitoring this racket?

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Just book online. It will be delivered within 1 week. and less price..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, May 02 2021

    I hope one day our Politicians will also be in Short Supply ...

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  • kumar, Mangalore

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Request those families who recovered completely to pass it on to others

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  • Pili, Mangalore

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Best way to handle covid is put all ministers and media under quarantine for a month. Let a team of wise people from general public handle the issue under CM. I bet there will ve nothing shortage.. and all instructions will be clear. Pls stop minute by minute score card of covid patients. Just educate people..dont freighten them. Dont confuse them. Work on a master plan.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sun, May 02 2021

    Black marketers, along with collusion of corrupt officials, are minting money by creating artificial shortage of items in demand; it started first from masks; yeh mera India!

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