New Delhi: At least two Delhi hospitals on Sunday sent desperate SOS appeals to authorities to replenish their dwindling oxygen stocks as smaller facilities continued to fight an acute shortage of living gas amid spiraling cases coronavirus.
Madhukar Rainbow Children’s Hospital in Malviya Nagar sounded the alarm about their stocks running out around the afternoon, saying 50 people, including four newborns, were “at risk”.
A hospital official said in the afternoon that there were around 80 patients, including those with Covid-19, in the hospital. He also has 15 newborns, he said.
“There are 50 people, including four newborns, on oxygen. They are at risk,” he said.
The hospital does not have a liquid oxygen storage tank and relies on oxygen cylinders from a private supplier.
“It has become a daily firefighting process in the absence of a continuous supply. We need around 125 oxygen cylinders a day,” the official said.
The hospital also took to Twitter for help from authorities.
AAP MP Raghav Chadha tweeted in response, “We have arranged five D-type oxygen cylinders for Rainbow Children’s Hospital, from our response point in Rajghat. The government’s oxygen supply is extremely limited due to the reduced oxygen supply to Delhi, but we are doing everything we can to avoid any untoward incidents.
Dr Deepali Gupta from Triton Hospital in Kalkaji said they are having difficulty organizing oxygen for their neonatal intensive care unit.
“We’ve been looking for oxygen for over a week. A major tragedy can arise if continuous supply is not secured quickly, ”she said.
AAP chief Chadha also said the government had issued 5 D-type cylinders to the hospital from the Rajghat intervention point.
“Hospital officials are on their way to pick him up. Sincerely hope that hospital oxygen supply chains recover quickly as this firefighting is not sustainable, ”he tweeted.
On Saturday, 12 Covid-19 patients, including a senior doctor, had died at Batra Hospital in South Delhi after the facility ran out of medical oxygen for about 80 minutes in the afternoon.
The tragic incident occurred in less than two weeks in 20 coronavirus patients who died at Jaipur Golden Hospital and 25 at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital amid oxygen crises in the nation’s capital.
Several Delhi hospitals continue to face oxygen shortages, as coronavirus cases continue to climb every day.
The Delhi government has demanded 976 metric tonnes of oxygen from the Center against the current quota of 490 MT.
The city administration only received 312 MT on Friday, an official said.
According to official data, Delhi received 305 metric tons of oxygen on April 25, followed by 408 MT on April 26, 398 MT on April 27, 431 MT on April 28 and 409 MT on April 29.