‘Patients to die’: Delhi’s best doctor breaks down over oxygen crisis in city hospitals

While several hospitals in Delhi report a lack of medical oxygen, Sunil Saggar, chief executive of Shanti Mukand Hospital, broke down in an interview with ANI news agency, saying only two hours of oxygen remained in his hospital due to which “patients may die”.

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“We barely run out of oxygen. We asked the doctors to dismiss the patients who may be discharged. Whatever cylinders are there, we try to put them on ICU beds, “Saggar said.” Whatever volume of oxygen we have, we’ve tried to set it up so that it lasts a little longer. If at all something is there, maybe for two hours or something, ”he further said.

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On the question of patients who need oxygen, Saggar said there are 110 such patients, of whom 85 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 unfortunate, unfortunate state. We, as doctors, have to give life, if we can’t give them oxygen, patients will die, ”Saggar said, crying.

As daily cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) reach an unprecedented height in the national capital, several major hospitals have reported a lack of medical oxygen. Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Prime Minister Manish Sisodia both pointed the matter to the Center, and even accused the neighboring state of Haryana of blocking Delhi’s oxygen supply. On Wednesday evening, Kejriwal tweeted that the Center had increased Delhi’s oxygen quota.

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Several hospitals had to move the Delhi High Court looking for directions over restoration of oxygen supply. However on Thursday the Supreme Court began to understand the current Covid-19 situation in the country, including oxygen and essential drugs, asking the Center to present a national plan on various issues on Covid-19. The matter will be heard again on Friday.