Some large hospitals in Delhi were supplied oxygen last night, but small hospitals treating Kovid-19 here are still facing a crisis due to limited supply. Delhi hospitals are facing oxygen shortage amidst increasing cases of Kovid-19. The administration of the 200-bed Shanti Mukund Hospital in East Delhi has put a notice at the main gate saying, “We are sorry that we are stopping the recruitment of patients in the hospital as there is no oxygen supply.”
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday night ordered the Center to supply ‘instant’ oxygen to hospitals where it is needed and where Kovid-19 patients are being treated, who are in critical condition. The court remarked that “it seems that there is no cost to human life for the state”. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Central Government, assured the court that it would arrange for the supply of 480 metric tonnes of oxygen allocated to Delhi and it would reach Delhi without any hindrance. The court reprimanded the central government and said, “If the government wishes, the earth and sky can unite.”
However, many private hospitals complained that no help was reached to them. Officials at Saroj Hospital in Rohini said the supply of oxygen has stopped. A hospital official said, “Backup also will not last long. At present, out of 120 hospital patients, 70 are in critical condition. ” He said that if there is no timely supply of oxygen in the hospital, many lives can be lost. An official of Shanti Mukund Hospital told PTI that they were unable to contact their oxygen supplier. He said, “There are 110 patients of corona virus in the hospital right now. We have no choice but to send patients to other hospitals. ” Sanjeev Sharma, chief operating officer of the Delhi Heart and Lung Institute, said that his oxygen stock would last only till four in the evening. He said, “The supplier had given the last refill in the morning, since then we have been working at our level. A total of 71 patients are on oxygen. “
Officials of the 210-bed Mata Chanan Devi Hospital in Janakpuri sent an emergency message to the Delhi government stating that “there is a shortage of oxygen in the proportion of patients.” ICU head doctor AC Shukla said, “About 40 patients are admitted in ICU. We got around 500 kg of oxygen last night. The supplier had to supply oxygen at 4 am and has not been picking up the phone since then. ” He said, “With the intervention of Delhi Government, we got 21 D class cylinders but it needs regular supply. Situated is very serious. ” Dr. Pankaj Solanki of the 50-bed Dharamvir Solanki Hospital said that the hospital is using oxygen kept in the ‘back up’ which will be able to run till Thursday afternoon.
He said that the authorities have been approached to transfer 30 patients. However, some large hospitals said that they had received a new consignment of oxygen last night and expected more. Dr. Suresh Kumar, Medical Director of Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan Hospital said that three tankers of oxygen reached the hospital at night.
He told ‘PTI-Bhasha’, “There was oxygen left for eight hours till half-past eight in the morning. Yes, more is coming now. ” An official of the Sir Gangaram Hospital said that gas was supplied at around six in the morning. He said, “This stock will run till 10 am on Friday. Supplies are also awaited from a private seller. ” A spokesman for St. Stephens Hospital said that they received new supplies on Wednesday evening and the stock is expected to run till four in the evening and there is likely to be more by noon.