Bengaluru: The oxygen crisis intensified in some parts of Karnataka on Tuesday, with seven COVID patients dying in Kalburagi and Belagavi due to lack of oxygen.
According to sources close to the news agency PTI, four people died at Kalaburagi Government Hospital in the morning and three at Belagavi Government Hospital due to shortage of life-saving gas.
However, Mining and Geology Minister in charge of Kalaburagi district Murugesh Nirani has denied the allegation that the deceased had contracted COVID at an advanced stage.
The incidents have come close to the death toll of 24 Kovid patients in the last two days at the alleged Chamarajanagar district hospital due to lack of oxygen.
However, Opposition leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah, who visited the Chamarjanagar district hospital on Tuesday, claimed that 28 people had died in the hospital since Sunday morning, not 28 and 23.
He alleged that the incident was a bad reflection on the regime and blamed the Health Minister for the poor management of the COVID-19 situation. That demands Sudhakar’s resignation.
Taking the oxygen shortage seriously, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Tuesday instructed large and medium enterprises industry minister Jagdish Shettar to manage the oxygen supply and coordinate with the Center to get the state’s oxygen quota.
Meanwhile, some hospitals in Bengaluru raised alarm against oxygen shortage for the treatment of critically ill COVID patients.
An executive at Chaitanya Medical Center in Yelhanka said an oxygen crisis had erupted on Monday which prompted them to move all their COVID patients to other hospitals.
“Now we have a stock of oxygen, which will last for two to three days, but yesterday we moved all our patients to other hospitals because the stock has run out,” the executive said.
The Med Med Hospitals in RT Nagar here also flagged off the lack of oxygen oxygen.
In a letter to the relatives of the COVID patients, the hospital’s medical director Dr Srihari R Shapur wrote that the facility was running out of oxygen and asked them to make necessary arrangements at other hospitals.
“This is to inform you that we are running out of oxygen. We are unable to provide oxygen care for the patient. We have been notified since 6 a.m. on May 1. We will soon be running an oxygen race on May 3 at 5 p.m. Please arrange beds in different hospitals. We are saddened by this situation, “Shrihari said in the letter.
Rajmahel Hospital has also written a letter to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanap Palik (City Corporation) stating that the seller company does not supply oxygen despite repeated requests.
“In this situation, managing plus0 plus COVID patients is becoming a challenge. We need your immediate intervention and assistance to move the situation forward,” the hospital manager said in the letter.
Bengaluru Rural MP D.K. Suresh also expressed concern over the loss of life-saving gas at the city’s Rajarajeshwari Medical College.
In his video message on Monday, he slammed Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa was asked to arrange oxygen for COVID patients.
In Karnataka, 44,631 new COVID-19 cases and 292 deaths were reported on Tuesday, with the incidence and death toll at 16,90,934 and 16,538, respectively, the health department said.
There are 643,363 active cases in the state.
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