Updated: Apr 24, 2021
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In the last 24 hours, about 25 "sickest patients" died at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi. On April 23, at around 8 am, in the SOS, the hospital mentioned that 60 more patients were at risk with the supply of oxygen for only two more hours. Around two hours later, oxygen tankers arrived at the hospital. Satendra Katoch, Ganga Ram's Director (medical) said, "Ventilators and BiPAP (ventilators for invasive treatment) not working effectively, and are resorting to manual ventilation in ICUs and Emergency. Major crisis likely, lives of another 60 patients at risk, need urgent intervention." He also said that the hospital needed oxygen to be airlifted urgently- "Low oxygen concentration likely contributed to deaths of critical patients. Critical patients need high pressure, and stable oxygen supply," But its top officers contradicted each other on whether the deaths were because of oxygen shortage.
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Dr. DS Rana, chairperson of SGRH said, "All we need is uninterrupted and timely oxygen supply." At around 9:30 in the morning, the oxygen truck reached the hospital. This can last up to 5 hours depending on the consumption. One of Delhi's top private hospitals- Ganga Ram hospital is treated over 500 Covid patients. 142 of them are on high-flow oxygen support. Over the past three days, many hospitals are facing a crisis of oxygen supply, beds, and medicines and have approached the Delhi High Court for help. So, the court has asked the Centre to provide medical oxygen to Delhi without obstructions.