Delhi Hospitals Say Down To Just Hours Of Oxygen: 10 Facts

Ganga Ram hospital said their supplies will run for around eight hours (Representational)

New Delhi:
Two of Delhi’s top hospitals — Max Hospital and Ganga Ram — have reported that their oxygen supplies will last for just a few hours. The crunch comes as Delhi struggles to cope with an unprecedented daily surge that reached 32,000 last evening.

Here are the Top 10 points in this big story:

  1. Max hospital has said its supplies have been disrupted and it has only six to 12 hours’ worth of oxygen left. The authorities at Sir Ganga Ram hospital said their supplies will run for around eight hours.

  2. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Serious oxygen crisis persists in Delhi. I again urge centre to urgently provide oxygen to Delhi. Some hospitals are left with just a few hours of oxygen”.

  3. The oxygen crunch issue has reached the Delhi High Court, which pulled up the Centre today, questioning why it was waiting till April 22 to bar oxygen use for industrial use and divert it for Covid patients.

  4. “Economic interests can’t override human lives. Else we are heading for a disaster,” the court said.

  5. During the hearing, a judge quoted NDTV, and pointed out that the Ganga Ram Hospital is running low on oxygen. “We have come to know that Oxygen in Ganga Ram and Max is about to over in next 8 hours. The need for oxygen is now. Any delay will lead to loss of precious life,” the court said.

  6. The Centre has argued that private hospitals cannot gauge how much oxygen is required for a patient, leading to misuse.

  7. “It started with Kerala, now Maharashtra and MP are also rationalising the use of oxygen. When oxygen saturation level is 95, hospitals should not waste oxygen on the patient just for the psychological purpose,” the Union health ministry said.

  8. The states were asked to provide projections for their oxygen requirement as on 20th April, 25th April and 30th April. Based on that, Delhi’s requirement was forecast as 300 MT on April 20, 349 MT on April 25 and 445 MT on April 30, the Centre said.

  9. At a meeting on April 18, the requirement for Delhi was revised from 300 MT to 700 MT.  This is 133 per cent, the Centre said, calling it an “inordinate rise”.

  10. Eight PSA Oxygen Generation Plants are being installed in Delhi by the support of PMCARES Funds. This will increase the capacity by 14.4 metric tonnes, the government added.

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