New Delhi, April 23, 2021: One of the premier hospitals of Delhi, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, has sent out a desperate cry for help saying 25 of its sickest Covid-19 patients have died in the past 24 hours. Max Hospital, on the other hand, said it has stopped further admissions but deleted the tweet in minutes.
The hospital medical director said on Thursday morning, "25 sickest patients have died in the past 24 hrs at the hospital. Oxygen will last another 2 hours."
"Ventilators and Bipap not working effectively. Need oxygen to be airlifted urgently. Lives of another 60 sickest patients in peril," said the director of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi.
Delhi: Oxygen tanker arrives at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in the national capital after the hospital sends SOS pic.twitter.com/MLDiFm6vmq— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2021
Government sources have however said a balance of 3 metric tonne oxygen is there at Ganga Ram and an INOX tanker at present is there. Sources also said no patient has died due to a lack of oxygen.
In an update, Dr DS Rana, chairman of board, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said, “The truck from INOX are on their way and we are waiting for them to arrive. All we need is an uninterrupted and timely supply of the oxygen.” saidThe Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on Thursday sent an SOS to the Delhi government, saying there is only five hours of oxygen left at the facility, and requested that the supplies be replenished urgently.
"At 8 pm, the oxygen in-store at the hospital was for five hours for peripheral use till 1 am and less for high flow use. Need urgent oxygen supplies," an official of the hospital said.
There are 510 coronavirus patients, including 142 patients on high flow oxygen support, admitted in the hospital located in central Delhi.
Another top private hospital in Delhi, the Max Hospital, sent out a similar SOS call on Thursday morning saying with over 700 patients at risk, there is less than one hour’s oxygen left.
At 10 am, Max Hospital said, "We regret to inform that we are suspending any new patient admissions in all our hospitals in Delhi NCR till oxygen supplies stabilize." However, the tweet was deleted in a few minutes.
"Less than an hour’s Oxygen supplies at Max Smart Hospital & Max Hospital Saket. Awaiting promised fresh supplies from INOX since 1 am. @drharshvardhan @msisodia @PMOIndia @ArvindKejriwal @PiyushGoyal @SatyendarJain over 700 patients admitted, need immediate assistance," said the Max Hospital in a tweet.
DCP South Delhi has said an oxygen carrying vehicle has reached Max Smart and another vehicle is en route to Max East West. "Senior Officers are monitoring the situation," said the DCP.
The Delhi High Court had on Wednesday night ordered the Centre to "forthwith" provide oxygen by whatever means to hospitals in Delhi facing a shortage of oxygen in treating serious Covid-19 patients, observing it “seems human life is not important for the state”.
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.