On Sunday, 2 May, a children’s hospital in Delhi issued an SOS call stating that it had oxygen supply only till 12 noon.
Madhukar Rainbow Children's Hospital in Malviya Nagar had been sending out SOS calls via their Twitter handle since morning and requested for a consistent supply of liquid oxygen.
After which, Aam Aadmi Party’s Raghav Chadha said that five D-Type oxygen cylinders had been arranged for the said hospital.
“The government's oxygen reserves are extremely limited due to reduced oxygen supply to Delhi, but we are doing everything possible to avert any untoward incident,” he wrote in a tweet.
As per a PTI report, an official at the children’s hospital said that 15 newborns and as many as 80 patients, including COVID ones, were admitted at the hospital. "There are 50 people, including four newborns, on oxygen support," he added.
He further said that how seeking oxygen supply has become a “daily fire-fight exercise in the absence of a continuous supply.” The hospitals required around 125 oxygen cylinder per day, the official added.
DELHI’S TRITON HOSPITAL SEEKS REGULAR OXYGEN SUPPLY
Twitter users shared an appeal made by another children’s hospital, Triton Hospital in Delhi, that asked for a regular oxygen supply.
Responding to a tweet mentioning Triton Hospital’s appeal, Raghav Chadha said that five D-Type oxygen cylinders have been issued from Rajghat Response Point and that the hospital officials were on their way to collect them.
SITARAM BHARTIA HOSPITAL APPEALS FOR URGENT OXYGEN SUPPLY
South Delhi’s Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research also issued an SOS, saying it had liquid oxygen supply only till 5 pm.
The hospital took to Twitter and said, “45 COVID patients admitted. Need liquid oxygen supply by 5 PM. Help!!”
Following the public ask for help, Raghav Chadha said that the government was rushing 20 D-type oxygen cylinders right away. “It will suffice for a few hours – by then our emergency vehicle carrying liquid medical oxygen will reach to replenish their oxygen stocks,” he said, Scroll.in reported.
30 Critical Patients in Need of Oxygen Immediately in Aligarh's JNMC Hospital
In an urgent SOS call, patients from the Jawaharlal Medical College Hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh said that the health facility was running out of oxygen on Sunday.
As per a notice, more than 30 critical patients had reached out for help, and needed oxygen immediately.
A doctor and eleven other COVID-19 patients who were admitted at Delhi's Batra Hospital passed away on Saturday, 1 May, with the hospital authorities linking their deaths to a shortage of oxygen supply.
Amongst the 12 dead, six of whom were all admitted in the ICU, one patient is the head of the hospital’s gastroenteritis department, Dr RK Himthani. The hospital had been raising alarms since 1 May afternoon.
The national capital, with a positive rate of 36 percent, has been registering more than 25 thousand cases every day amid the second wave of COVID-19.