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Delhi oxygen crisis continues; 25 ‘sickest’ Covid-19 patient die at Ganga Ram hospital

New Delhi: As many as 25 Covid-19 patients have died in the last 24 hours in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, the hospital authority said here on Friday. Sending yet another alarm, the hospital in its 8 update said that it has oxygen left for around 2 hours and at least 60 more patients are at risk. 

“25 sickest patients have died in last 24 hours. Oxygen will last another two hours. Ventilators and BiPAP (ventilators for invasive treatment) not working effectively. Resorting to manual ventilation in ICUs and Emergency. Major crisis likely. Lives of another 60 sickest patients at risk, need urgent intervention,” Ganga Ram’s Director, Medical, said in a statement.

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on Thursday evening demanded for immediate need of oxygen supply as over 140 critical patients admitted in the hospitals were on ventilators and on oxygen support.

After Delhi Government’s continuous efforts, the hospitals did receive oxygen supply late on Thursday night (at 1 a.m.), however, the hospitals said it received only two MT of oxygen which was not satisfactory as per the situation. 

Yesterday, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that even as Centre has promised to facilitate oxygen stock for the national capital, it is still not enough as daily cases continue to spiral. 

Meanwhile, amid scarcity of oxygen in the hospitals during the second wave of Covid that is wreaking havoc across the country, reports have surfaced that the government has decided to import oxygen generation plants and containers from Germany to cater to the shortage. 23 mobile oxygen generation plants are being airlifted from Germany, as per government sources. These will be deployed in static hospitals and provide adequate oxygen to the needy, the source added. 

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In a letter to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday said that six private hospitals had exhausted their oxygen supply by Thursday evening. These were Rathi Hospital, Santom Hospital, Saroj Super Specialty Hospital, Shanti Mukund, Tirath Ram Shah Hospital and UK Nursing Home. In his letter, the AAP leader also alleged that neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana were blocking oxygen supplies to Delhi.

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