New Delhi: Eight patients with COVID-19, including the head of the gastroenterology department at Batra hospital, have died here due to an oxygen shortage, officials said on Saturday.

We are trying to resuscitate five other critical patients, said SCL Gupta, medical director of the hospital.

Of the eight patients who died, six were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and two others were in high density wards, he said, adding that RK Himthani, head of the gastrointestinal service enterology, was among those who died from lack of oxygen.

Himthani had been admitted to the hospital for the past 15 to 20 days, the medical director said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has expressed sorrow over the incident.

“This news is very painful. Their life could have been saved – by giving them oxygen in time. Delhi should get its oxygen quota. I cannot see our people dying like this. Delhi needs 976 tonnes. oxygen, but it received only 312 tonnes yesterday. How will Delhi breathe so much oxygen? ”he said on Twitter in Hindi.

Meanwhile, the hospital sent an SOS message on the oxygen shortage on Saturday.

Gupta said he informed authorities of the lack of oxygen on Saturday morning when they had 2,500 liters of life-saving gasoline left.

At around 12:30 p.m., hospital authorities claimed they had run out of oxygen. The tanker arrived at 1:35 p.m., they said.

Similarly, Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj has stopped receiving admissions due to lack of oxygen. The hospital still has four hours of oxygen, sources said.

According to the Delhi Corona mobile app, the hospital has 106 coronavirus patients.

Meanwhile, Meera Bagh’s Sehgal Neo Hospital sent an SOS message on Twitter about her oxygen depletion.

“We are asking for urgent help to get #SOSoxygen. We are running out of our backup reserve and have been waiting for a supply since early in the morning. We have 90 patients on O2 & 13 in ICU,” the hospital tweeted around 12:40 pm.

Hospitals in the nation’s capital and its suburbs are sending desperate help messages on social media and other platforms, signaling their dwindling oxygen stocks.

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital reported the deaths of 25 of its ‘sickest’ patients last week as the administration battled depletion of oxygen supplies.

Twenty people died in Jaipur Golden Hospital last week from lack of oxygen.

reChief Prime Minister Manish Sisodia said on Friday that not a single day has Delhi been able to receive the allocated amount of 490 tonnes of oxygen.