25 patients die in Delhi after oxygen crisis
Published: 11:39 AM, 23 April 2021 Updated: 01:08 PM, 23 April 2021
A hospital named Ganga Ram in Delhi, India is in a severe oxygen crisis, in the meantime, 25 critically ill patients have died at the hospital.
The hospital informed in a statement around 8:00 am on Friday, saying the amount of oxygen they had could handle the situation for a maximum of two hours.
“In the last 24 hours, 25 critically ill patients have died. The oxygen will run out after two hours. Ventilators and bypass are not “working effectively” – which caused a major probable crisis. The lives of 60 more critically ill patients are in danger, urgent action is needed,” the statement said.
However, around two hours later, oxygen tankers arrived at the hospital.
According to the BBC, six hospitals in Delhi have already run out of oxygen. Doctors say other hospitals will run out of oxygen “in a matter of hours”.
An Indian politician named Saurabh Bhardwaj is being treated at a hospital in Delhi. He tweeted in Hindi asking for help for oxygen.
“Many people have become dependent on oxygen. Without oxygen, people will die like waterless fish. Now is the time to work together,” he wrote on Twitter.
A significant number of patients have already died while waiting for oxygen. More than 99 percent of the patients are admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds of each hospital. Most of them are Covid-19 patients.
India is struggling to cope with the second wave of coronavirus. The country set a world record for COVID detection on Thursday. India has seen more than three lakh virus cases on this day, more than 2000 people have died.