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Oxygen crisis continues in Goa Medical College, 8 more dead due to oxygen shortage

Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), the state’s biggest Covid facility, reported eight more deaths in the dark hour between 2 am and 6 am on Saturday due to oxygen fluctuations, taking the toll of Covid patients dead due to logistic issues in the supply of medical oxygen at the premier government hospital to 83 in the last five days.

The doctors at the hospital, however, didn’t attribute the deaths to the oxygen crisis, saying most of the patients died due to Covid pneumonia. GMCH dean Dr S.M. Bandekar said the deaths couldn’t be directly attributed to interruption in oxygen supply as most patients died because of Covid pneumonia, which requires oxygen for treatment. But nurses, family members of patients said that oxygen fluctuation was noticed throughout the night.

With 83 people dead so far due to a dip in oxygen levels at GMCH in Goa in the last five days, state authorities continue to blame logistical issues for the fatalities. Most of these deaths occurred during the ‘dark hour’ between 2 am and 6 am.

Earlier on Friday, thirteen people died at the Goa hospital after oxygen levels once again dropped in Covid ward.

The nightmare started on Tuesday when 26 patients died, 20 on Wednesday, and 15 deaths at the GMCH on Thursday.

The opposition has reacted strongly, with the Goa Forward Party on Friday filing a police complaint against Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, and senior officials.

Meanwhile, Health minister Vishwajit Rane on Sunday said the oxygen supply at the GMCH was getting streamlined following commissioning of a new tank of the life-saving gas at the facility.

A 20,000-kilolitre oxygen tank was commissioned at the hospital on Saturday.

According to the state health bulletin on Saturday, 58 Covid-19 patients lost their lives in the past 24 hours, with 33 of the deaths being reported from GMCH alone.

On Thursday the Goa bench of the High Court slammed the state government said Covid patients could not be allowed to die because of logistics. It has directed hospital and state authorities to file a status report by 7 pm on Sunday. The court had asked the the state govt to submit its reports on the supply of oxygen and the availability of tanks, concentrators and drivers.

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The Goa Chief Minister, who visited GMCH on Tuesday after the first set of deaths, had said the gap between the availability of medical oxygen and its supply might have caused some issues. He also stressed that there was no scarcity of oxygen supply in the state.

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