Oxygen tanker reaches Delhi’s GTB Hospital just in time amid acute shortage, 500 critical Covid patients saved

Oxygen tanker reaches Delhi’s GTB Hospital just in time amid acute shortage, 500 critical Covid patients saved

After Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain tweeted on Tuesday about medical oxygen running out at GTB Hospital where more than 500 critical Covid patients are admitted, an oxygen tanker reached just in time at 1:30 am on Wednesday.

After Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain stated on Tuesday that Delhi’s GTB Hospital was running out of medical oxygen, one oxygen tanker reached the hospital just in time at 1:30 am on Wednesday. More than 500 critical Covid-19 patients on oxygen were admitted at the hospital and the supply was not expected to last beyond 2 am.

Resident doctors, on condition of anonymity, told India Today, “All of us had almost lost hope. We were racing against time. We didn’t want the 500 serious patients admitted in our facility to even know about the situation.”

“We were honestly praying to God for a miracle to happen. When we saw the oxygen tanker arrive at our premises, the entire staff was in tears,” they said.

At 11 pm, Principal of University College of Medical Sciences Anil Jain had told India Today that “a catastrophe may occur in GTB hospital” if supply of liquid medical oxygen is not received before 2 am.

Satyendar Jain’s SOS

Tagging Union Minister Piyush Goyal, Satyendar Jain urged the centre to help restore oxygen supply in Delhi’s hospitals.

He also posted screenshots which read, “There is great difficulty in getting supply of liquid medical oxygen and oxygen cylinders from vendor M/S INOX. According to local district authorities, DM [district magistrate] and SSP [senior superintendent of police] do not allow the vendor to supply to other states like Delhi.”

Acute shortage of oxygen at GTB Hospital. Oxygen may not last beyond 4 hrs. More than 500 corona patients on oxygen. Pl help@PiyushGoyal
to restore oxygen supply to avert major crisis. pic.twitter.com/QNMSoWgNTA— Satyendar Jain (@SatyendarJain) April 20, 2021

A few hours before that, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had appealed to the central government to “urgently provide oxygen to Delhi” on Twitter. He said there is a serious oxygen crisis in the city and hospitals are running out of supply.

Serious oxygen crisis persists in Delhi. I again urge centre to urgently provide oxygen to Delhi. Some hospitals are left with just a few hours of oxygen.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 20, 2021

The number of cases in Delhi is rising rapidly on a daily basis. On Tuesday, Delhi recorded 28,395 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking its active case tally to over 85,500. This is Delhi’s highest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began.