India court criticises 'ridiculous' oxygen shortage

India court criticises 'ridiculous' oxygen shortage

Dr Shah said his whole team is trying to arrange oxygen from all possible avenues but nothing can be arranged. The government permitted 50 percent of "lower-level" staff to work from home in the districts having active coronavirus cases of 100 or more.

Hospitals are facing a severe shortage of beds and oxygen, with some private hospitals in Delhi warning they have less than two hours' supply of the gas.

The factory supplies medical oxygen to hospitals in Delhi.

"Most of the patients are being sent back because we don't have enough of this oxygen and remdesivir drug to treat the patients", said Harish Krishnamachar, associate dean of the Ramaiah Medical College Hospital in Bangalore.

Zee News Editor-in-Chief Sudhir Chaudhary on Thursday (April 22) discussed how the oxygen crisis has affected the COVID patients around the country and how despite having sufficient oxygen stock, the hospitals are running short of supply. He even went on to say that not a single patient shall die for want of Oxygen in J&K. No helpline number taking call, instead they are ignoring and cutting our calls. Economic interests can not override human lives or "we are heading for disaster", the court had said.

The megacity's government, run by a different party to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's national administration, has accused neighbouring states governed by Modi's BJP of holding up supplies. He has assured complete support to Delhi in facilitating lifting of Delhi's quota of oxygen from Orissa. In this scenario the safety of patients on continuous oxygen support can not be overlooked. As per government data, India has a daily production capacity of 7,500 MT of oxygen, of which 6,600 MT is being supplied to states for medical purposes.

Relatives told local media that the oxygen supply was cut off.

The government-run hospital at Burari, an industrial hub in the capitals' outskirts, only had oxygen for two days Monday, and found that most vendors in the city had run out, said Ramesh Verma, who coordinates the COVID-19 response there. Every third person tested for coronavirus was found positive, the state government said, piling the pressure on health infrastructure. "So you have to beg, borrow or steal and ensure the protection of fundamental emergency".

The central government, represented by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, assured the court that it will facilitate supply of the increased allocation of 480 metric tonnes of oxygen to Delhi and the same will reach the national capital without any obstructions. The court made the scathing observation while hearing an urgent plea regarding the urgent need for oxygen at Max Hospitals in Shalimar Bagh and Patparganj in New Delhi. The court also suggested that let Inox continue supplying to Delhi while the Panipat plant continues supplying to Haryana.

Restrictions like night curfew have already been imposed in Uttar Pradesh and several other states including Punjab, Rajasthan, Kerala, Odisha, parts of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

On Tuesday evening, Kejriwal took to Twitter urging the Centre to assist with oxygen supply.

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