Seventy-four patients have died at the Goa’s state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) the biggest Covid facility in the state – in the past four days, all reportedly due to a lack of medical oxygen.
Former Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai said 13 people died between 1 am and 6 am today. Early Thursday, 15 deaths were recorded; 20 people died on Wednesday, and on Tuesday, also between 2 and 6 am, 26 people had lost their lives.
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who had visited the Goa Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday in the day, said the gap between the availability of medical oxygen and its supply to COVID-19 wards in the GMCH might have caused some issues for the patients even as he stressed that there is no scarcity of oxygen supply in the state.
The Health Minister, Vishwajit Rane had also sought a Court probe saying, the high court should investigate the reasons behind these deaths. The high court should also intervene and prepare a white paper on oxygen supply to the GMCH, which would help to set the things right, the state Health Minister had said after Chief Minister’s visit to the hospital.
The state government on Friday appointed a committee to inquire about the ongoing oxygen crisis at the top Goa hospital.
The three-member committee will ascertain the adequacy of oxygen supply to GMC, ascertain the efficiency of the oxygen supply chain, examine the process of administration of oxygen at GMC, and give recommendations for its improvement and recommend improvement in the complete chain of oxygen delivery at GMC.
Goa has the highest positivity rate in the country – 48.1 per cent as of Thursday evening. This means every second COVID-19 test is returning a positive result.
On Friday morning the state reported 2,491 new cases and 62 deaths in 24 hours, to take its active caseload to nearly 33,000 and total number of deaths to nearly 2,000.