In the last 24 hours, around twenty four critical Covid-19 patients died and another 60 patients are suffering due to the shortage of oxygen in almost major hospitals across Delhi. According to reports, the main reason for the death of these many Covid-19 patients in Sri Ganga Ram hospital is likely due to "low pressure oxygen."
Ganga Ram hospital is one of the biggest and most high-profile hospitals in the city, where healthcare workers was reduced to manually ventilating patients in the ICU and emergency department. The news regarding the death of these many patients was announced after 8 am and the oxygen tanker reached hospital by 9:20 am today.
After the oxygen crisis, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure the supply of oxygen to the national capital.
During the Covid-19 meeting headed by the PM, Kejriwal said, "I request the prime minister to give directions to chief ministers to ensure the smooth movement of oxygen tankers coming to Delhi." He further added that the people were suffering due to the shortage of oxygen. He even suggested that the government should take overall oxygen plants through the Army and every truck to handle the current crisis.
According to reports, the head of Ganga Ram hospital said that the current requirement is the uninterrupted supply of the oxygen. Currently, around 500 Coronavirus patients are admitted in the hospital.
This is not the only hospital suffering due to the shortage of oxygen. Max hospitals too has similar situation. Through Twitter, Max healthcare hospital had issued an SOS saying that Max Smart and Max Hospital Saket had less than an hour of oxygen for about 700 patients admitted. The tweet tagging Prime Minister and Delhi CM among others said, ""Awaiting promised fresh supplies from INOX since 1 am… over 700 patients admitted, need immediate assistance." Even two hours later their Twitter account updated that they had received the emergency oxygen supply to handle another two hours.