Amid a crippling shortage of medical oxygen in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday sent an SOS to all Chief Ministers, requesting them to provide spare oxygen to the city.
“I am writing to all CMs requesting them to provide oxygen to Delhi if they have spare. Though Central govt. is also helping us, the severity of corona is such that all available resources are proving inadequate,” tweeted CM Kejriwal.
Kejriwal’s appeal comes amid an unprecedented crisis over oxygen supply in India’s National Capital, as the second coronavirus wave ravages the country.
Several hospitals treating Covid-19 patients in the Capital have said their oxygen supplies are dangerously low or have exhausted.
Few hospitals in Delhi, including Saroj Hospital in Rohini, have advised the relatives to shift there to another facility due to the shortage of oxygen.
Earlier on Friday night, around 20 patients died at the Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi due to a shortage of medical oxygen, a top official at the hospital said, highlighting the worsening situation in the national capital’s hospitals.
“We had been allotted 3.5 metric tonnes of oxygen from the government. The supply was to reach us by 5 in the evening, but it reached around midnight. By then, 25 patients had died,” Dr. DK Baluja, Medical Director at Jaipur Golden Hospital, told NDTV.