Eight COVID-19 patients kicked the bucket in Delhi's Batra Hospital on Saturday because of lack of oxygen, a senior hospital official said.
"Six COVID patients passed on in the ICU ward and two in the fundamental ward because of oxygen deficiency today. We were unable to save them subsequent to putting four attempts. Since this wave hit the country, we have been requesting oxygen from the Delhi Government," Dr. SCL Gupta, Medical Director of Batra Hospital told ANI.
"Our chief is in standard touch with government officials concerned and has been refreshing them about our oxygen stock. INOX and Goel, two oxygen providers supply us oxygen. Neither of them picked the call," he added.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a tweet that the lives of the eight patients could have been saved and demanded that Delhi should be given its quota of oxygen. He said Delhi needs 976 tonnes of oxygen but only 312 tonnes of oxygen was provided yesterday as reported by ANI.
ये खबर बहुत ही ज़्यादा पीड़ादायी है। इनकी जान बच सकती थी -समय पर ऑक्सिजन देकर— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 1, 2021
दिल्ली को उसके कोटे की ऑक्सिजन दी जाए। अपने लोगों की इस तरह होती मौतें अब और नहीं देखी जाती। दिल्ली को 976 टन ऑक्सिजन चाहिए और कल केवल 312 टन ऑक्सिजन दी गयी। इतनी कम ऑक्सिजन में दिल्ली कैसे साँस ले? https://t.co/h7C5bcFtD6
Hospitals in the national capital are grappling with an acute shortage of oxygen due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. Delhi recorded 375 COVID-19 deaths and over 27,000 new cases with a positivity rate of 32.69 percent on Friday. It was the ninth consecutive day the city saw daily fatalities of over 300 as per ANI.