Delhi Hospitals complain that the oxygen supply provider Inox is making delayed deliveries, which could put lives at risk.
An unprecedented surge in Covid cases has left several hospitals in Delhi desperate for oxygen, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital chairman Dr D S Rana appealed for urgent help stating that it has oxygen left only for half an hour and asked Centre to appoint a nodal officer to sit in the hospital to take stock of the situation.
“Presently we have 516 covid patients, 128 are high flow patients, and oxygen left will only last for half an hour. It is a crisis situation. Let government appoint a Nodal officer to sit in the hospital to take stock of the situation. We have 70 cylinders for back up, they filled only 30. All are empty now. How can we have backup plans? Ambu bags are being used. Doctors, nurses are exhausted. Their morale is low,” said Dr Rana.
He further said, “Patients are suffering. We feel sad to see people bringing their oxygen cylinders. Hospital has been and is approaching all authorities and Nodal officers but no help is coming. Since yesterday night, hundreds of calls have been made but nobody received those calls. When we contacted the Government’s helpline number, it too could not help saying, “we can only forward the complaint”.
“People have the right to get oxygen. If the government has no oxygen, it should admit,” he added. He further stated, “It is a grave situation. Medical professionals need to guide the authorities.
Inox Air Not Providing Timely Oxygen Supply
Vendor Inox is not helping at all. It promises but does not supply on time. Yesterday the supply which should have come at 11 pm, came at 5:30 am today, which also is about to finish now.
“Every day and every few hours we are just making panic calls. Raghav Chadha, our local MLA has been there in our struggle. Now also, he has promised that the oxygen tanker will soon reach SGRH from Batra Hospital. But at some point, he is also helpless. Some action needs to be taken urgently,” remarked Rana.
Dr SCL Gupta of Delhi’s Batra Hospital said the hospital needs more oxygen considering the number of patients admitted. According to Dr Gupta, the total oxygen needed is over 8000 litres.
Dr SCL Gupta, MD, Batra Hospital, 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?”
Jaipur Golden Hospital’s Supply To Last Only An Hour
Oxygen tanker arrived at the Batra Hospital and Medical Research Centre after the hospital sent a 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.
In yet another instance of oxygen shortage, Delhi’s Jaipur Golden Hospital said it has a supply that will only last for half an hour putting the lives of more than 200 patients at stake. He said that 20 people died due to an oxygen shortage last night.
“Oxygen supply to last only half an hour now, more than 200 lives are at stake. We lost 20 people due to an oxygen shortage last night,” said DK Baluja, Medical Director of Jaipur Golden Hospital.
Need Of More Oxygen Every Hour
The Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital also reported a compromised oxygen supply chain amid a need for 40 to 50 litres of oxygen per minute to maintain oxygen saturation level among critical COVID-19 patients.
“All ICU beds at our hospital are full for the last 4-5 days. Some critical patients need 40-50 ltr of oxygen per minute to maintain oxygen saturation level. The oxygen supply chain is compromised,” said Dr. Suresh Kumar, MD, LNJP Hospital.
Meanwhile, five patients died due to oxygen shortage in Amritsar’s Neelkanth Hospital which has been facing a shortage of oxygen supply since the last 48 hours.
“Five patients have died at the hospital. We are facing an oxygen shortage for the last 48 hours. The administration is saying that oxygen will not be given to private hospitals before government hospitals,” said Himanshu Garg, MD, Neelkanth Hospital.