Oxygen crisis deepens in Karnataka with 7 deaths in Kalaburagi and Belagavi govt hospitals

Oxygen crisis deepens in Karnataka with 7 deaths in Kalaburagi and  Belagavi govt hospitals

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Bengaluru, May 4 (PTI) Oxygen crisis deepened in certain
parts of Karnataka on Tuesday, with the deaths of seven COVID
patients in Kalaburagi and Belagavi allegedly due to oxygen
shortage.

According to sources, four people died in the
morning in Kalaburagi government hospital and three in
Belagavi government hospital allegedly due to shortage of
the life saving gas.

However, Mining and Geology Minister Murugesh
Nirani, who is in-charge of Kalaburagi district, dismissed
the allegation saying that those who died had COVID infection
at an advanced stage.

These incidents came close on the heels of deaths
of 24 COVID patients in the last two days in Chamarajanagar
district hospital allegedly due to oxygen shortage.

However, leader of opposition and former chief
minister Siddaramaiah, who visited Chamarajanagar district
hospital on Tuesday, claimed that 28 and not 23 people had
died in the hospital from Sunday morning to Monday morning.

He alleged the incident reflected badly on the
governance and demanded the resignation of health minister Dr
K Sudhakar for the poor handling of the COVID-19 situation.

Taking a serious view of the oxygen shortage, Chief
Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday assigned the Large and
Medium Scale Industries Minister Jagadish Shettar to arrange
oxygen supply and coordinate with the Centre to get the
state”s quota of oxygen.

Meanwhile, in Bengaluru a few hospitals raised an
alarm against the oxygen shortage to treat the critically ill
COVID patients.

An executive of the Chaitanya Medical Centre in
Yelahanka said there was an oxygen crisis on Monday due to
which they had to shift all their COVID patients to other
hospitals.

“Now we have got the stock of oxygen, which would
last for two to three days, but yesterday we shifted all our
patients to other hospitals as the stock had exhausted,” the
executive said.

Medax Hospitals in RT Nagar here had also flagged
the shortage of oxygen.

In his letter to the relatives of the COVID
patients, the medical director of the hospital Dr Srihari R
Shapur wrote that the facility was running out of oxygen and
asked them to make necessary arrangements in other hospitals.

“This is to inform you that we are running out of
oxygen supply. We are unable to provide oxygen care for the
patient.We have been informed since May 1 6 pm. We will
shortly run out of oxygen by 5 pm on May 3. Kindly arrange
for beds in different hospitals. We regret this situation,”
Dr Srihari stated in the letter.

Rajmahal hospital too wrote to the Bruhat Bengaluru
Mahanagara Palike (city corporation) stating that the vendor
company was not supplying oxygen despite repeated requests.

“In this scenario, managing 30 plus COVID patients
is becoming a challenge.We need your immediate intervention
and assistance to tide over the situation,” the manager of
the hospital said in the letter.

The Bengaluru Rural MP D K Suresh too expressed
concern over the paucity of the life-saving gas in
Rajarajeshwari Medical College in the city.

In his video message on Monday, he asked Chief
Minister B S Yediyurappa to arrange oxygen for the COVID
patients.
Karnataka on Tuesday reported 44,631 new COVID-19
cases and 292 deaths, taking the caseload and fatalities to
16,90,934 and 16,538 respectively, the health department
said.

The state has 4,64,363 active cases.PTI GMS BN
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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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