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New Delhi: 20 patients die due to oxygen shortage at Jaipur Golden Hospital

As many as 20 patients admitted in Delhi’s Jaipur Golden hospital died late Friday night, allegedly due to shortage of oxygen.

As many as 20 patients admitted to the critical care unit of Delhi’s Jaipur Golden hospital died late Friday night, allegedly due to shortage of oxygen, an official said on Saturday.

Dr DK Baluja, Medical Director, Jaipur Golden Hospital, told India Today TV, “The oxygen supply will last only half an hour now. Yesterday, we were supposed to get 3,600 metric tonnes of oxygen, but we received only 1,500 litres. We lost 20 people due to the shortage of oxygen last night.”

Early Saturday, the hospital had sent an SOS to the Delhi government, requesting an urgent supply of oxygen.

Many hospitals in Delhi and few other states are currently operating on the edge due to a shortage of medical oxygen.

Twenty five Covid-19 patients of Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital have died and the lives of many more hung in precarious balance on Friday with the scramble for oxygen getting more frantic in hospitals across the national capital and its suburbs.

Delhi’s Max Hospital had also sent out a similar SOS call on Thursday morning, saying over 700 patients were at risk with less than one hour’s oxygen left.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday apprised Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the acute shortage of oxygen supply across the city. He appealed to PM Modi to take strict action to contain the situation, else “there’ll be a tragedy”.

Arvind Kejriwal was among other chief ministers who attended a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the prevailing Covid-19 situation.

“There’s a huge shortage of oxygen in Delhi. Will people of Delhi not get oxygen if there is no oxygen-producing plant here?” Arvind Kejriwal said during the meeting with PM Modi on Friday.

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