- In the midst of a severe oxygen shortage in Delhi, twenty-five Covid patients have died at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
- Manual ventilation is being used in ICUs and the emergency room by hospital authorities.
- Several hospitals have reported a shortage of oxygen, beds, medicines in the last three days as the number of Covid cases has risen.
According to a statement released by Sir Ganga Ram hospital in Delhi this morning, twenty-five “sickest patients” have died in the last 24 hours. The hospital also said it only had oxygen for two more hours and that 60 more patients were at risk in an SOS sent out around 8 a.m. Oxygen tankers arrived at the hospital two hours later.
“In the last 24 hours, 25 of the sickest patients have died. The oxygen will last only for the next two hours. Ventilators and BiPAP (ventilators for invasive treatment) are not being effective. In ICUs and emergency rooms, manual ventilation is used. A major crisis is very likely. Another 60 sickest patients’ lives are in jeopardy and need immediate attention “In the morning, Ganga Ram’s Director of Medical said in a statement.
The hospital also stated that it needed immediate airlifting of oxygen, but its top officers disagreed on whether the deaths, all of which were critical Covid patients, were caused by the lack of oxygen.
“Critical patients’ deaths were most likely caused by low oxygen levels. Patients in critical condition need high pressure and a steady supply of oxygen “The Medical Director, Satendra Katoch, said.
Although there had been a significant number of deaths in 24 hours for the first time, the hospital’s chairman said they could not be attributed to a lack of oxygen.
“I wouldn’t blame the deaths on a lack of oxygen. In the hospital, a substantial number of patients are in critical condition. However, we are experiencing a serious oxygen shortage,” said chairman DS Rana.
“To ensure the patients’ survival manual ventilation is being used. I’ve heard that oxygen has reached at Delhi’s border and will be arriving soon.”
Later images showed oxygen tanks being delivered to the hospital.
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According to sources, more than 500 Covid patients are being treated at Ganga Ram which is one of Delhi’s top private hospitals. According to the hospital, 142 of them are on high-flow oxygen support.
Several hospitals have reported a shortage of oxygen, beds, and drugs in the last three days as the number of Covid cases has risen, and many have turned to the Delhi High Court for assistance.
The court has ordered the Centre to strictly adhere to its order to provide medical oxygen to Delhi and to ensure that there is no obstacle in the way of oxygen. “Beg, borrow, or steal,” the judges said, warning the centre that if hospitals run out of oxygen, “all hell will break loose.”
In just 24 hours, Delhi recorded 26,169 new COVID-19 cases and 306 deaths, the highest number in a single day.
Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia wrote to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday evening, claiming that six private hospitals had run out of oxygen. Tirath Ram Shah Hospital, Rathi Hospital, Shanti Mukund, Saroj Super Specialty Hospital, Santom Hospital, and UK Nursing Home were among the hospitals involved. In a letter, Mr Sisodia said that Uttar Pradesh and Haryana were obstructing oxygen supplies to Delhi.
Ganga Ram Hospital also informed the government at 8 p.m. on Thursday that it had just five hours of oxygen remaining.