NEW DELHI: It is Delhi’s worst nightmare. While Covid patients are running around for beds, the city is literally gasping. It is facing an acute shortage of oxygen, and by Wednesday morning, the situation may turn grave.
CM Arvind Kejriwal, who had flagged this issue earlier too, said on Tuesday that most of the Delhi hospitals have oxygen left for only eight to 12 hours. He urged the Centre to urgently provide the much-needed oxygen to the city.
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia even shared a list of hospitals and the status of their oxygen stock. He tweeted most of the government hospitals like DDU, Burari, Ambedkar, Acharya Bhikshu, Deep Chand Bandhu, Sanjay Gandhi, Lok Nayak and Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospitals have only between eight to 12 hours of oxygen supply left as on 6pm Tuesday.
Some top hospitals have less than 5hrs of oxygen left
Health minister Satyendar Jain tweeted at 10.19pm on Tuesday tagging Union minister Piyush Goyal: “Acute shortage of oxygen at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital. Oxygen may not last beyond four hours. More than 500 corona patients on oxygen. Please help, Piyush Goyal, to restore the oxygen supply to avert major crisis (sic).”
Among the top private hospitals in the city, Venkateshwar had only four hours of oxygen stock left and Maharaja Agrasen five hours. BLK, Batra, Stephen’s, Ganga Ram, Holy Family, Max Patparganj, Balaji and Shree Agrasen had 8-10 hours, 8-9 hours,12-15 hours,16-18 hours, 24 hours, 8-10 hours, 48 hours and 48 hours, respectively, of oxygen stock left.
“We require 9,000-10,000 cubic metres of oxygen every day in this hospital. We have more than 500 Covid-19 beds. We are getting assurances from both the Centre and the state government on oxygen supply,” said Dr D S Rana, Chairman, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
Even smaller hospitals are facing a serious crisis. “I have more than 20 Covid-19 patients admitted in the hospital. We have limited supply of oxygen available at present. I have been calling everyone to arrange for more so that the admitted patients do not die without the critical support,” said Dr Vinay Aggarwal of Pushpanjali Medical Centre in east Delhi.
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who is also the nodal minister for Covid-19 management, tweeted: “SOS phones are coming from all hospitals regarding oxygen. People supplying oxygen are being stopped in different states. There should be no jungle raj between the states on the supply of oxygen. For this, the central government will have to be very sensitive and alert.”
Delhi government is procuring oxygen cylinders from Noida and Rajasthan but the supplies are being stopped in various states, alleged several government officials.
The officials added that state authorities were in talks with the central government and had requested for a smooth and timely supply.