Oxygen shortage 20 patients of COVID-19 lost their lives Due to that
Late Friday night 20 patients of COVID-19 died at the Golden Hospital of Delhi, due to the shortage of oxygen supply.
“The oxygen supply will last only half an hour now. Yesterday, we were supposed to get 3,600 metric tonnes of oxygen, but we received only 1,500 litres. We lost 20 people due to the shortage of oxygen last night”, Dr DK Baluja, Medical Director, Jaipur Golden Hospital said on Saturday.
The hospital was to receive its quota of oxygen at 05:30 pm but the supply did not reach it till midnight. Even then, the hospital just received 40% of its allocated quota and is again in a situation of crisis.
“We are again in a situation of crisis, 200 lives are on the line. Last night we were at least able to save most patients. We will not be able to do that today. We have exhausted our backup,” said Dr Baluja. The hospital has probably another 30 minutes of supply left.
This comes a day after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal identified the severe oxygen crisis faced by the national capital and disaster may occur if the need of oxy is not met. Kejriwal said some state governments are stopping tankers meant for Delhi to meet their requirement.
Twenty five COVID-19 patients of Sir Ganga ram hospital have died and the lives of many more hung in precarious balance on Friday with the scramble for oxygen getting more frantic in hospitals across the national capital and its suburbs.
Delhi’s Max Hospital had also sent out a similar SOS call on Thursday morning, saying over 700 patients were at risk with less than one hour’s oxy left.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal informed PM Narendra Modi about the acute shortage of oxy supply across the city. He appealed to PM Modi to take strict action to contain the situation, else there may be tragedy.
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