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Oxygen shortage leading to deaths…

by NPT-Editorial

Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram hospital, which treats many coronavirus patients, saw the death of 25 “sickest” patients on Friday over low oxygen pressure, the hospital said on Friday. The statement had added that a major crisis is likely and that the lives of another 60 “sickest patients” are in peril. “Need Oxygen to be airlifted urgently. Governments please help,” it said. Hospitals in Delhi have been facing an oxygen shortage.

Delhi The government has blamed Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments for not allowing the smooth supply of oxygen from private oxygen plants in the States to Delhi. Later, the hospital group said that it’s stopped new admissions altogether its hospitals in Delhi-NCR thanks to low oxygen stocks.

For the last four days, private and government hospitals in Delhi have been raising alarm bells over the depleting oxygen levels in the city, claiming that oxygen suppliers have not been able to meet their daily requirements.

“All we need is the uninterrupted and timely supply of oxygen, SGRH Chairman Dr. DS Rana said. There are quite 500 coronavirus patients, including around 150 on high flow oxygen support, admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital located in central Delhi. On Thursday night, the hospital officials had sent an SOS to the govt, saying there are only five hours of oxygen left at the medical building and requesting that it be replenished urgently. In a letter to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said six private hospitals had exhausted their oxygen supply by Thursday evening.

As patients and their family members waited outside hospitals, hoping to get a bed, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Thursday had said beds would be increased in large numbers once the oxygen crisis was resolved.

A government doctor said hospitals in Delhi are wary of admitting more patients amid a significant shortage of oxygen within the city.

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