Delhi’s top hospitals face acute oxygen shortage, left with limited supply
Delhi is facing a shortage of oxygen and beds in the middle of the raging Covid-19 pandemic. Reports of oxygen crisis are coming from several hospitals in the national capital. Over 1000 patients are likely to be affected if replenishment of oxygen is not done on time. While the assistant director at St. Stephens Hospital called it in an “emergency” as the hospital is left with the limited oxygen supply of 1-2 hours, Managing Director of Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals termed the situation as “grim” asserting that if oxygen doesn’t arrive by midnight, then it can escalate into a serious crisis. Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind kejriwal thanked the Central government for increasing Delhi’s quota of oxygen.
St. Stephen’s Hospital’s SOS on oxygen shortage
Delhi’s St. Stephen’s Hospital is facing an acute oxygen shortage. With over 300 COVID-19 patients gasping for breath, the hospital is currently operating with medical oxygen supply of mere two hours. Speaking to news agency ANI, an official said that oxygen supplier Linde India has stopped their supply and they are in need of immediate help.
“With 300 COVID-19 patients and a limit of two hours, St. Stephen’s Hospital, Tis Hazari is struggling to survive and seek immediate help. Oxygen supplier Linde India has stopped our supply,” the official said.
Dr John Punnooses, assistant director at St. Stephens Hospital said, “We get regular supply from Linde oxygen supplier. At 1:30 pm today, they informed us that since plant in Faridabad (Haryana) is getting sealed, they won’t be able to supply oxygen to us. There’s an emergency now.”
Sir Ganga Ram Left With 5 Hrs of Oxygen Supply
Five hours of oxygen is left at Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital with 58 COVID-19 patients admitted in the hospital including 10 in the intensive care unit (ICU). At least 35 patients are currently awaiting admission to the hospital.
Max Hospital Faces Oxygen Shortage
A report by NDTV said that two of Max Hospitals at Shalimar Bagh and Patparganj are left with have supplies of two and three hours. Over 500 Covid patients are currently undergoing treatment at Max hospital.
Oxygen Shortage at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals
Managing Director of Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals has termed the oxygen supply shortage at his hospitals as “grim”, saying that supplies will only last till midnight. “The situation is quite grim. We’ve supplies that will probably take us till midnight today. If we don’t get replenishment on time there can be a serious crisis,” P Shivakumar said.
“We are not getting a daily supply of oxygen due to which replenishment is not happening. The demand for oxygen has gone up. We have around 350 COVID19 patients and all of them require oxygen. Delhi govt is trying to make sure oxygen supplies come on time,” P Shivakumar added.
Delhi recorded 277 deaths in the last 24 hours, the highest since the pandemic began over a year ago, and 28,395 new cases of Covid-19. There are currently 85,575 active cases in the national capital.
Rising COVID cases in the national capital has hit the city’s health infrastructure hard. While reports of acute oxygen shortage and inadequate supplies of anti-viral drug Remdesivir have flooded social media, many private labs in the national capital have halted collection of swab samples for at least two days. This comes amid increased demands for RT-PCR or antigen tests as Delhi battles the second covid-19 wave.