Twenty Covid patients die at a Delhi hospital due to shortage of Oxygen

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Twenty Covid patients died Friday night at the Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi due to shortage of medical oxygen. File photo.

Twenty Covid patients died Friday night at the Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi due to shortage of medical oxygen, a top official at the hospital said on Saturday, highlighting the worsening situation in the national capital’s hospitals.

“Government had allotted 3.5 metric tons of oxygen to us. The supply was to reach us by 5 in the evening, but it reached around midnight. By then, twenty Covid patients had died,” Dr. DK Baluja, Medical Director at Jaipur Golden Hospital, told NDTV.

At least 215 Covid patients admitted at the hospital are critical and in dire need of oxygen, he added.

Jaipur Golden Hospital is the second hospital in the city to send SOS over shortage of oxygen this morning.

Appeal for urgent help

Earlier Moolchand hospital, in a tweet, appealed for urgent help from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and Lt Governor Anil Baijal. More than 130 Covid patients are on life support, it stressed.

“Urgent SOS help. We have less than 2 hours of oxygen supply @Moolchand_Hos. We have desperately tried all the nodal officers’ numbers, but unable to connect. Have over 135 COVID pts with many on life support #. @ArvindKejriwal @CMODelh i@LtGovDelhi @satinderjain26 @PMOIndia (sic),” read the tweet put out by Moolchand Healthcare this morning. The hospital has stopped admitting new patients till it resolves the issue, sources said.

Doctor breaks down

Madhu Handa, Medical Director, Moolchand Hospital, broke down as she gave details of the situation about an hour later while speaking to NDTV.

“We are down to around 30 minutes (of oxygen supply) at the moment. But yes, cognizance has been taken and nodal officers have responded. But I think there are other hospitals facing a similar challenge. So they now have to prioritise.”

Several hospitals have, over the past three days, flagged a crisis of oxygen supply, beds, and medicines amid rising Covid cases. And many have approached the Delhi High Court for help.

The court has asked the Centre to strictly follow its order to provide medical oxygen to Delhi. It also ordered the government to ensure safe passage to oxygen without obstructions. “Beg, borrow or steal,” said the judges. They warned the Centre that “all hell would break loose” if hospitals ran out of oxygen. Last evening, Delhi logged 348 deaths linked to Covid, the highest in a day so far. The city – battling with the fourth Covid wave – also reported 24,331 new coronavirus cases.

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