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Capital again: Senior doctor among 12 Covid patients dead as hospital runs out of oxygen

IN THE second such incident within the nationwide capital this month, 12 Covid sufferers, together with a senior physician, died in Batra Hospital in South Delhi on Saturday after the personal facility ran out of oxygen provide between 12.15 pm and 1.35 pm, medical doctors and officers mentioned.

Many of the sufferers who died have been unable to get steady high-flow oxygen provide, they mentioned. Amongst these useless is the hospital’s gastroenteritis head Dr R Ok Himthani (62).

Dr Sudhanshu Bankata, government director of the hospital mentioned: “The variety of individuals succumbing as a result of lack of oxygen provide on the hospital was recorded at 12 by the top of the day. I’m simply hoping and praying that this case doesn’t come up anymore with our hospital or every other hospital within the subsequent few days or ever once more.”

The deaths come at a time when the Delhi Excessive Courtroom has been listening to the matter of oxygen scarcity within the capital every day, and has repeatedly pulled up the central and Delhi governments on a spread of points — from not sufficient provides reaching the town to tankers not being made accessible to move it.

The newest incident additionally comes days after Union Well being Minister Harsh Vardhan mentioned that “oxygen was accessible in satisfactory portions earlier additionally and now it’s being made accessible from many sources”.

On Friday, the Supreme Courtroom had directed the Centre and the AAP authorities to maintain political variations apart and work collectively to resolve the difficulty.

Following the deaths at Batra Hospital in Mehrauli, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “This news may be very painful. Their lives may have been saved — by offering oxygen on time. Delhi ought to be given its quota of oxygen. We can not see such deaths of our individuals any extra. Delhi requires 976 tonnes of oxygen however solely 312 tonnes of oxygen was given yesterday. With such low oxygen, how can Delhi breathe?”

Earlier this month, 20 individuals admitted within the important care unit of Jaipur Golden hospital in Rohini died when oxygen ranges dropped. The hospital had, earlier than the Excessive Courtroom, blamed the Delhi authorities for the delay in oxygen reaching them.

Based on authorities at Batra, that they had been sending out SOS messages and reaching out to officers over the depleting ranges of oxygen since 7 am on Saturday. It additionally approached the Delhi Excessive Courtroom over the restricted provide.

There are 332 sufferers admitted within the hospital, together with 307 who’re present process remedy for Covid. Of the Covid sufferers, 230 are in want of excessive stream oxygen provide. Of those that died, six have been within the ICU and others within the HDU and the wards.

“The issue is we’re nonetheless undecided when the following provide will likely be supplied. We have now began sending out our groups to oxygen suppliers so we are able to have sufficient inventory by Sunday. The hospital’s present requirement is 7MT whereas we’re getting solely 4.9MT. Officers from the Delhi authorities instructed us that the state has not acquired the satisfactory provide, which is why there was a scarcity,” Bankata mentioned.

Dr S C L Gupta, the hospital’s medical director, confirmed that the deaths came about when the oxygen provide within the ICU had dropped.

Batra Hospital is among the many a number of personal establishments which were dealing with an oxygen disaster during the last two weeks. Scarcity of oxygen provide has crippled the healthcare infrastructure, with many sufferers dying exterior hospitals and admissions being restricted regardless of a surge in infections.

“Sadly, what is going to now occur is that as a ripple impact of not having oxygen for one hour and 20 minutes, we could have a a lot greater demise fee in comparison with the typical over the following 24-48 hours. Let’s hope and pray that this torture and trial by hearth ends quickly,” Bankata mentioned.

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