India: Hospitals Run Out of Oxygen as Rise in Covid-19 Cases

On Tuesday, the Delhi government said the capital had to face a critical condition because of a shortage of oxygen for covid-19 affected patients. As India is battling against the second wave of Coronavirus, various people are getting affected by this infection. Due to the rise in covid-19 cases, hospitals are running out of beds and oxygen.
India has set new records with 2,023 deaths in the last 24 hours, which is the highest single-day tally. Despite this, hospitals are running out of beds and oxygen amid increasing covid-19 cases.
Over the last 24 hours, covid-19 affected cases also increasing by 295,041, the health ministry data has shown on Wednesday. Total deaths marked 182,553. The overall case tally of India is now at 15.6 million, which is the second-highest rate after the United States that has more than 31 million corona affected patients.

Shortage of Oxygen in Hospitals for Corona Patients
However, Indian hospitals are rushing to shore up oxygen supply amid the rising demand for beds for corona patients. The second wave of Coronavirus is taking so many lives of people as people are widely affected by this wave.
At the same time, Shahid Malik who supplies oxygen in Delhi said that the demand for oxygen is increasing, and his phone is continuously ringing for two days. By Monday, they had oxygen, but there were no cylinders. Hence, he conveyed the same message who called him that if they have a cylinder, then pick up the oxygen, otherwise, they can’t help.

At 1:30 am on Wednesday, Hospitals in Delhi Receive Oxygen Stock
As per the latest report, it has been reported that doctors and patients are now getting relief because Delhi got a supply of oxygen at around 1:30 am on Wednesday.
Hours after Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain stated that GTB Hospital in Delhi was facing a shortage of oxygen, one tanker of oxygen reached the hospital at 1:30 am on Wednesday. More than 500 patients were admitted to the hospital, and the oxygen supply was not expected after 2 am.
Gangaram Hospital got 5,000 cubic meters of oxygen stock from a private vendor before 3 am. This stock will remain till Wednesday afternoon. The hospital is awaited for oxygen supply from another firm, said sources.
An official at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital stated that a truck reached around 1:30 am by carrying oxygen. And Ambedkar hospital confirmed that they received oxygen at 5 am that can last 24 hours.

Satyendar Jain and Arvind Kejriwal’s Appeal to the Central Government
Satyendar Jain had requested the centre to restock the hospitals. And, he also added a screenshot that includes there is difficulty in receiving liquid medical oxygen from vendor M/S INOX. As per local district authorities, District Magistrate and SSP don’t allow the vendor to provide to other states such as Delhi.
Apart from Satyendar Jain’s appeal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had also appealed to the central government on Twitter to provide oxygen to Delhi. He said, due to increasing cases of covid-19, there is a shortage of oxygen, and various hospitals are running out of oxygen supply. ICU beds in Delhi were also filling up with new corona patients.
Covid-19 cases are rising in Delhi on daily basis. Delhi reported 28,395 new covid-19 cases on Tuesday, and it takes an active case tally to above 85,500. This is the highest spike in a single day since the crisis began.
On Monday, the Delhi government had conducted a 24-member committee to make sure that “rational” oxygen use for the treatment of Coronavirus affected people. The health department issued an order, said that the oxygen audit committee will recognize wasteful consumption.

Vaccination Drive in India is Struggling
As everyone knows, India started vaccination drive in January, but a few people got shots, and now, it is also struggling. Various states are facing shortages, even though the federal government said there are sufficient stocks.
Last week, India said that it will allow those covid-19 shots that had been approved by the World Health Organization or regulators in the Europe, US, Britain, or Japan. On Monday, they said that they will widen the vaccination drive, and adults above 18 will also get a vaccination.

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