A COVID-19 patient on oxygen
support waits outside the LNJP
hospital in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI)
NEW DELHI :
BATTLING an acute shortage of oxygen, some hospitals in Delhi on Sunday sent out desperate SOS calls to authorities to replenish their dwindling stocks, with one healthcare facility even requesting the Government to shift out its patients. Madhukar Rainbow Children’s Hospital in Malviya Nagar on Sunday sounded an alarm about their depleting stocks around noon, saying 50 people, including four newborns, were “at risk”. The hospital does not have a liquid oxygen storage tank and depends on oxygen cylinders from a private vendor.
“It has become a daily fire-fight in the absence of a continuous supply. We require around 125 oxygen cylinders a day,” the official said. The hospital said it received 20 oxygen cylinders around 1:30 pm with the help of Government authorities. Aakash Healthcare in Dwarka appealed to Government authorities to shift patients to other facilities “so that they can be saved”. “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,” a tweet posted from the hospital’s handle read.
Cab Secy asks Delhi Govt to ramp up medical infra, expresses anguish over oxygen situation: CABINET Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Sunday expressed anguish over issues related to availability of oxygen in the national capital and emphasised the need to ramp up the city’s medical infrastructure. At a high-level review meeting on the COVID-19 situation here, Gauba also asked the Delhi Government to make every effort to lift their allocated oxygen by using all means.