St Stephen’s Hospital in Delhi’s Tis Hazari district is under severe shortage of oxygen with the supply left for just two hours, a hospital official said.
“About 300 COVID-19 patients are admitted to hospital. There is a limit of just two hours of oxygen supply. We are struggling and seeking immediate help. Oxygen supplier Linde India has stop our supply, ”a hospital official said news agency ANI today.
Meanwhile, five hours of oxygen left at Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital as 58 COVID-19 patients were admitted there including 10 in the intensive care unit (ICU). Thirty-five patients admitted to hospital admission, the news agency further added.
According to an official, Sir Ganga Ram City Hospital in Pusa Road had five hours of oxygen left around 4:30 pm. There are 58 COVID patients, including 10 in ICU, in the hospital.
“The seller, according to his representative, is not permitted by the Haryana government to supply oxygen and liquid oxygen cylinders to Sir Ganga Ram City Hospital, Pusa Road. The supply remains adequate for five hours at lonely, “said the officer.
He said the Center needed to intervene as a large number of hospitals were affected due to “stopping the supply of oxygen from Haryana”.
A spokesman for St Stephen’s Hospital said they had only two hours of oxygen after about 4 pm.
“The Haryana government has not been allowing our vendor to supply us with oxygen. Of the 350 patients hospitalized, about 200 are on oxygen assistance,” he claimed. An official at Holy Family Hospital in Okhla also alleged that the neighboring state of Delhi had suspended their tanker from carrying oxygen. “There are only a few hours of oxygen left. We are seeking three to four dealers for fresh stock,” he said.
Some major government and private hospitals in Delhi received fresh stock of medical oxygen in the early hours of Wednesday, avoiding a crisis in time, according to officials.
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital received 4,500 cubic meters of oxygen supply from a private seller before 3 am. Another supplier later sent 6,000 cubic meters of it.
This stock should last until 9 am on Thursday, an official said.
All 132 hospital ICU beds are occupied and only three of the 487 non-ICU beds at the facility are vacant.
An officer at Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital confirmed that a truck carrying oxygen from a company arrived at them around 1:30 am. Dr Suresh Kumar, medical director of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, said a truck carrying oxygen from a vendor arrived at the facility around 3 am.
Both of these hospitals have 400 ICU beds each and are all occupied.
Ambedkar Nagar Hospital received a fresh supply of oxygen at 5 am which officials said can last for 24 hours.
Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said ANI, ” Another issue is the transportation of oxygen, I have received a report that a local administrative officer in Faridabad, Haryana stopped a truck carrying oxygen, which canceled the supply. “
He further added, “Yesterday, too, we were facing a similar transportation issue, we had to call a senior Cabinet minister, only after he helped get oxygen transport to Delhi started.”
P Shivakumar, MD, of Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals on the shortage of oxygen supply, said, “The situation is quite serious. We have supplies that will probably take us until midnight today. If we do not get replenished at a reasonable time that there is a serious crisis. “
An all-time high of 28,395 coronavirus cases and 277 deaths marked a worsening of the pandemic situation in Delhi on Tuesday.