Goa: 26 patients dies at GMCH, due to oxygen shortage

Goa CM, Pramod Sawant Covid-19 wards in Goa Medical College and Hospital

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Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on May 11 said 26 COVID-19 patients died at the State-run Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in the early hours and sought an investigation by the High Court to find out the exact cause On May 10th, the health official, Mr. Rane reported the shortfall in the supply of oxygen cylinders and asked for 1200 jumbo cylinders and on Monday received 400. Goa’s chief minister Pramod Sawant, who visited GMCH earlier in the claimed that there’s no scarcity of oxygen cylinders, however, the incident happened due to mismanagement i.e. availability of medical oxygen and its supplies to COVID-19 wards. Goa’s chief minister, Pramod Sawant has admitted about the delay of oxygen supply to the hospital. However, he assured the public that the process will be streamlined. Mr. Rane said the CM needs to inquire into the causes behind the death that occurred between 2 am and 6 am and question the 3 nodal officers, who were supposed to maintain the supply of oxygen, and in case of any issue, it was supposed to be reported to the CM. The health minister also asked the High Court to set up an expert committee and investigate the reasons behind these deaths, which might be caused due to oxygen shortage, and that CM might be misguided. The Goa government has been criticized over its handling of the Covid crisis. Sawant however has put the blame on Scoop Industries, a company contracted by the government to supply oxygen to State’s public hospital for the delay in oxygen, and said,” If he (Scoop Industries owner) is bound by a 10-year contract to supply oxygen, how can he now dump responsibility on the state government? I will not tolerate such acts which will lead to deaths of Covid patients due to oxygen shortage.” The largest Covid facility in Goa, GMCH accounts for most of its deaths, with the state recording between 46 and 75 daily fatalities all of May.

According to the Goa Health department, the caseload stands at 1,21,659, with 3124 new cases. The Goa government has imposed a two-week curfew in the State till May 24th.

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