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6 patients die following oxygen crisis at private hospital in Amritsar; CM orders probe

Manmeet Singh Gill

Press Reporter News Service

Amritsar, April 24

Six sufferers died at a personal hospital right here on Friday evening allegedly on account of scarcity of medical oxygen.

The deceased included 5 Covid sufferers.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered the Amritsar Deputy Commissioner (DC) to provoke an intensive probe into the incident.

Neelkanth hospital authorities mentioned they’d apprised the district administration of the scarcity of oxygen two days in the past. A hospital official mentioned they’d additionally knowledgeable the households and requested them to shift the sufferers to different hospitals.

The scarcity of oxygen within the district was reported three days in the past when Authorities Medical School had shifted to its buffer inventory. Later, the district administration and Medical Training Minister OP Soni had claimed that oxygen provide had been restored.

Nonetheless, the native chapter of the Indian Medical Affiliation (IMA) on Friday apprised the deputy commissioner of the scarcity confronted by non-public hospitals.

The issue of scarcity of oxygen has partially been as a result of administration diverting your entire provide to Authorities Medical School which is dealing with the utmost Covid instances.

The IMA alleged that personal hospitals will not be being given oxygen by distributors and police guards have been deployed exterior the godowns in order that the utmost provide is reserved for presidency hospitals.

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Manjit Singh, attendant of a 33-year-old pregnant lady admitted to Neelkanth hospital, mentioned, “The administration has the accountability to take care of all sufferers. Sufferers admitted to non-public hospitals are as necessary as these admitted to authorities hospitals.”

He mentioned he had been requested to shift the affected person to a different non-public hospital. “If one hospital doesn’t have oxygen, what’s the assure that the opposite wouldn’t face the identical drawback,” he mentioned.

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