A day after 12 Covid patients, including a senior doctor, died in Delhi’s Batra Hospital due to lack of medical oxygen, the hospital authorities stopped new admissions on Sunday. The hospital is still demanding for medical oxygen as they were struggling for medical oxygen supplies.
Several other hospitals, including Jaipur Golden Hospital, where 20 Covid patients had died last week after a drop in oxygen pressure, continued to scramble for oxygen supplies. The other hospitals that are running out of medical oxygen and sought help were Vimhans and Triton Hospital in South East Delhi, Akash Hospital in Dwarka, Sitaram Bhartia Hospital and Rainbow Madhukar Hospital in South Delhi.
Some of them received supplies on an emergency basis from the Delhi government, while the others got their stocks at the last minute.
The executive director of Batra Hospital, Dr Sudhanshu Bankata told the reporters that they won’t be taking new admissions and have also conveyed to the government that they are not able to work with the limited supply of oxygen.
The hospital, which was providing treatment to 327 patients, is planning to discharge several of them and bring the bed count down to 200-220. Previously, two Delhi government facilities, GTB Hospital and RGSS Hospital, had reduced the number of Covid beds because of oxygen shortage.
A Delhi government official said they are ready to start more temporary Covid facilities and add 1,000 beds in the city but have not been able to due to the oxygen shortage.
The Delhi government has claimed that it has not got its full allocation of 490 MT (increased to 590 MT later) on a single day since the crisis started. Several hospitals have had to turn away patients and send SOS messages to the government as well as post them on social media for oxygen supply.