Hit by the shortage of oxygen, Delhi is on of the worst hit cities facing the crisis amid a massive spike in the COVID-19 cases. Many of the hospitals in the union territory are battling with the situation resulting to a panic among the covid patients.
Speaking over the worrisome situation, Dr SCL Gupta, MD, Batra Hospital, said, "We are requesting people to take their patients wherever O2 is available. We understand the patient is someone's mother, father.. if I lose someone close, I'd naturally feel bad." The doctor broke down while talking to ANI.
On the current availability of vaccination the doctor said, "We have received only 500-litre of oxygen after pleading for 12 hours. Our daily requirement is 8000 litres. We've 350 patients in the hospital. The treatment of choice in COVID is oxygen but when we don't get it what will happen?" Oxygen tanker arrived at the Batra Hospital and Medical Research Centre after the hospital sent distress call today morning.
"Delhi Government has provided us with an oxygen tanker. We have another one to one and a half hours of oxygen for all our patients," added Gupta.
Moolchand Hospital, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH), Batra Hospital and Jaipur Golden hospital reported a shortage of oxygen and appealed to the authority to arrange it at the earliest.
Meanwhile, 25 Covid patients died on Friday (April 23) night at Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi due to low supply of oxygen. The hospital has appealed to the authority in the national capital to arrange oxygen at the earliest. According to the hospital, "A supply of 3.5 metric tonnes of oxygen was supposed to reach by 5 p.m. yesterday. But it reached around midnight. By then, 20 patients had died."
MD of Dr D.K. Baluja tweeted on Saturday morning, "Jaipur Golden Hospital still waiting for oxygen. As many as 215 Covid patients are dependent on the hospital. Get supply ASAP. Please help, we are desperate."
Earlier, around 25 Covid-19 patients had died in the period of 24 hours in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH). It had raised an alarm for immediate need of oxygen supply on Thursday evening as over 140 critical patients admitted in the hospitals were on ventilators and on oxygen support.
Along with Jaipur Golden Hospital, Moolchand Hospital, SGRH, Batra Hospital, on Saturday, sent SOS messages reporting shortage of oxygen and appealed to authority to arrange it at the earliest.
(With agency inputs)