“Patients will die”: Delhi’s top doctor breaks down due to oxygen crisis in city hospitals

While several hospitals in Delhi report a lack of medical oxygen, Sunil Saggar, CEO of Shanti Mukand Hospital, interrupted in an interview with the ANI news agency, saying that only two hours of oxygen remained in his hospital due to which “Patients can die.” .

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“It simply came to our notice then. We asked the doctors to discharge the patients who could be discharged. Regardless of the bottles we have, we try to put them on ICU beds “, said Saggar. “Regardless of the volume of oxygen we have, we tried to change it so that it lasts a little longer. If there is something, it can be for two hours or something, “he added.

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Regarding patients who need oxygen, Saggar said that there are 110 such patients, of which 85 who need more than five liters of oxygen per minute. There are 12 patients with a ventilator, the senior doctor also said.

“There are cancer patients, heart patients. It will be a very deplorable, unhappy state. We, as doctors, should give life, if we can’t give them oxygen, the patients will die “, said Saggar, breaking down in tears.

As daily cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) reach an unprecedented level in the national capital, several top hospitals have reported a lack of medical oxygen. Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia have reported the problem to the center and even accused neighboring Haryana state of blocking Delhi’s oxygen supply. On Wednesday night, Kejriwal wrote on Twitter that the Center had increased its share of oxygen in Delhi.

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Several hospitals have had to move to the Delhi High Court, seeking instructions on restoring oxygen supply. However, on Thursday, the Supreme Court heard the current situation of Covid-19 in the country, including the supply of oxygen and essential medicines, asking the Center to present a national plan to cover various issues related to Covid-19. The issue will be heard again on Friday.