Oxygen Shortage In Hospitals Of Delhi, Admission Of Covid-19 Patients Denied

New Delhi: Several hospitals in Delhi have been facing shortage of oxygen supplies that threatened the lives of the admitted patients requiring oxygen or ICU support. Most hospitals in Delhi and NCT are refusing to accept critical Covid patients as well.

According to reports, Madhukar Rainbow Children Hospital in Delhi sounded an alarm about their decreasing stocks of oxygen on Sunday where many people including 30 newborn babies were at risk.

The hospital does not have an oxygen storage tank and depends on oxygen cylinders from a private vendor. Later at night, the hospital said that it will not take any admission which requires oxygen or ventilation support due to inconsistent liquid oxygen supply.

About an hour after the hospital sent out an SOS, as many as five oxygen cylinders had been arranged immediately, added reports.

Similarly, Aakash Healthcare in Dwarka appealed to government authorities to shift patients to other facilities in order to save their lives.
“CRY FOR HELP: Received only 5 oxygen cylinders after running around the entire day, not more than 60 mins left to save lives of more than 250 patients,” tweeted the hospital. About five hours later of the tweet, received oxygen supplies that could help them to tide over the night. The hospital further requested the authorities to regularize the oxygen flow in order to avoid situation near death crises.

Delhi reported around 20,000 fresh Covid positive cases and as many as 406 people died. With the city reporting over 20,000 new cases of Covid-19 each day, hospitals have been facing acute oxygen shortage for nearly two weeks.

On Saturday, 12 Covid patients, including a senior doctor, had died at Delhi’s Batra Hospital after it ran out of medical oxygen for around 80 minutes in the afternoon. The hospital has stopped admitting new patients currently due to the crisis.

The tragic incident took place in less than two weeks of 20 coronavirus patients dying at Jaipur Golden Hospital and 25 at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital amid the oxygen crisis in Delhi.

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