Unfortunately, numerous stories and SOS’ have been coming out from various hospitals in the country highlighting the oxygen shortage and the number of lives at risk.
In two separate incidents in different states, 5 patients died in Hisar district of Haryana allegedly due to lack of oxygen in a third such incident in the state. Earlier 4 patients died at a private hospital in Gurgaon on Sunday and four patients died at a hospital Rewari, about 330 km from the state capital Chandigarh, all allegedly due to a shortage of medical oxygen. A district-level probe has been ordered in both cases.
Haryana Chief Secretary Vijai Vardhan, on Sunday, directed the deputy commissioners to constitute a committee of senior officers that will deal with the allocation and ensure the supply of medical oxygen to all government and private hospitals in their districts.
“We have been told by the family members that there was an oxygen shortage due to which five people have died. As per the Covid protocol, the health department has taken away the bodies,” police officer Rajbir Singh told reporters today.
In Maharashtra’s Thane city, 4 patients lost their lives at Vedant Hospital at 4 am on Monday allegedly due to the same reason. Following the news, Thane Municipal Corporation officials and local police rushed to the spot.
The TMC said that the patients were critical and on the order of the Thane collector, has decided to set up a committee that will ascertain the cause of deaths, according to ANI
BJP leader Kirit Somaiya has alleged that six deaths have taken place due to lack of oxygen supply and asked why wasn’t Health Minister sacked yet.
#Vedanta Hospital Thane 6 #Covid_19 Patients Died due to defect in #Oxygen supply. COVID Patients Death in Hospitals in Maharashtra due to Oxygen & Fire becoming routine for #Thackeray Sarkar. Why #Minister #RajeshTope is not sacked? I am reaching Vedanta Hospital immediately
— Kirit Somaiya (@KiritSomaiya) April 26, 2021
Unfortunately, numerous stories and SOS’ have been issued by various hospitals in the country highlighting the oxygen shortage and the number of lives at risk. Meanwhile, in Nashik, an oxygen leak from a tanker outside a hospital last week led 22 deaths and in Virar, a fire in a COVID-19 hospital led to 13 deaths.