As several hospitals in Delhi report a shortage of medical oxygen, Sunil Saggar, CEO of Shanti Mukand Hospital, broke down in an interview with news agency ANI, saying he had only two hours of oxygen left in his hospital because “ that patients may die ”.
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“We are hardly left with any oxygen. We have asked the doctors to release the patients who can be discharged. Whatever cylinders are there we try to put on ICU beds, ”says Saggar. “Whatever volume of oxygen we have tried to tweet so it can last a little longer. If anything is there at all, it could be for two hours or something, ”he said further.
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On the question of patients needing oxygen, Saggar said there are 110 such patients, 85 of whom need more than five liters of oxygen per minute. There are 12 patients on a ventilator, the senior doctor also said.
“There are cancer patients, cardiac patients. It will be a very sad, unfortunate condition. We’re like doctors we’re supposed to give life, if we can’t give them oxygen, patients will die, “said Saggar, breaking down in tears.
As daily cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) reach an unprecedented high in the national capital, many top hospitals have reported a shortage of medical oxygen. Delhi prime minister Arvind Kejriwal and deputy prime minister Manish Sisodia have both pointed out the Center, and have even accused the neighboring state of Haryana of blocking Delhi’s oxygen supply. On Wednesday night, Kejriwal tweeted that the Center had increased Delhi’s quota of oxygen.
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Several hospitals have had to move the Delhi High Court to seek directions on restoring the oxygen supply. However, on Thursday, the Supreme Court took a moto account of Covid-19’s current situation in the country, including the supply of oxygen and essential drugs, and asked the Center to submit a national plan covering various Covid issues -19. The matter will be heard again on Friday.