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Delhi’s Batra hospital says 12 in ICU, including doctor, dead during oxygen shortage

The hospital raised an alarm on Saturday afternoon over depleting levels of oxygen supply. Around 12.30 pm, the hospital claimed it had run out of liquid medical oxygen supply.

Written by Astha Saxena | New Delhi |
Updated: May 1, 2021 10:24:24 pm
Health workers install oxygen cylinders for COVID-19 patients at a makeshift hospital in New Delhi, Friday, April 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Representational)

As many as twelve Covid patients admitted in the ICU of Batra hospital in Mehrauli died on Saturday afternoon, with hospital authorities linking the casualties to shortage of oxygen. Among the deceased is the hospital’s gastroenteritis head Dr R K Himthani (62).

Asked whether the deaths took place when the low oxygen supply in the ICU had dropped, Dr SCL Gupta, the hospital’s medical director, told The Indian Express: “Of course… If the hospital will run without oxygen for half an hour…”

The hospital has 327 patients out of which 48 are in the critical care unit. It has been raising alarms since Saturday afternoon over depleting levels of oxygen supply. Around 12.30 pm, the hospital claimed it had run out of liquid medical oxygen supply. An oxygen tanker reached the hospital around 1.35 pm.

Meanwhile, Delhi government on Saturday confirmed that it has received 4.5 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines and will hence start inoculating people between 18 to 44 years of age from Monday. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal however mentioned that walk-ins will not be allowed. Instead, only those who took prior appointment for vaccination will be able to take the dose.

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Earlier this month, 20 people admitted in the critical care unit of Jaipur Golden hospital in Rohini died when oxygen levels dropped. The hospital had, before the Delhi High Court, blamed the Delhi government for the delay in oxygen reaching them.

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