2 Delhi Hospitals Send SOS For Oxygen Just Before Midnight
A private medical center in Uttam Nagar, Delhi’s Gandhi Hospital, also sent an SOS for oxygen, saying they had about an hour left of oxygen supply.
It was the fourth time that Sir Ganga Ram Hospital sent an SOS to receive medical oxygen in less than 24 hours. Sources have said that alarms began to sound on the ventilator and BiPAP machines, used to pump air into the lungs of critically ill patients.
The lives of more than 100 Covid patients are at risk, the sources said. They said there are only 500 cubic meters of oxygen left, which is enough to last 45 minutes to an hour.
Doctors and nurses have started manual ventilation at Ganga Ram Hospital.
Alisha Gandhi from Uttam Nagar Hospital tweeted: “SOS emergency! Over 60 lives at stake at Gandhi Hospital, Uttam Nagar. Please help!”
“We are trying to fix the oxygen somehow. We have also asked the local police for help,” Ms. Gandhi told NDTV by phone just before midnight on Saturday.
“We have over 60 patients and we have 1-2 hours of oxygen left and we have exhausted multiple oxygen harvesting options. Please help,” said Gandhi Hospital Director Dr. Pawan Gandhi.
The increase in Covid cases in recent weeks has led to what is now called a second deadlier wave of the pandemic. Social media is full of stories of desperate people trying to find oxygen or a hospital bed for their friends and family.
This time, more and more people are complaining of shortness of breath, which needs oxygen. However, the supply of oxygen has been severely limited due to the sudden increase in demand in cities and towns.