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At least 10 people have died overnight at Chamarajanagar District Hospital in Karnataka, India after the facility ran out of oxygen.
Officials said 14 more patients died before oxygen arrived on Monday morning, but it is not known if oxygen deprivation is what led to their deaths. Rani, a 28-year-old nurse, recounted The New York Times her 29-year-old husband, Sureendra, was one of the COVID-19 patients who died. Sureendra was in the intensive care unit and Rani said when she spoke to him at dinner time he looked fine. At around 11:30 p.m. he called and was out of breath, she said, and begged her to come see him before he died. “Everyone was helpless,” Rani told the Time, adding: “What am I going to do without my husband now?”
Oxygen shortage is hitting hospitals across India, which is struggling to cope with sharp rise in coronavirus cases and deaths – Federal Health Ministry reported 368,147 new COVID-19 cases on Monday and 3,417 deaths. Most of India’s oxygen production facilities are in the eastern part of the country, while the worst COVID-19 outbreaks are in New Delhi and the western state of Maharashtra, and it can take several days to get supplies to where they are needed.
The government said there was enough liquid oxygen to help all patients, it was just a matter of getting it to hospitals – a position doctors and experts disagree with. Professor Ritu Priya of the Center for Social Medicine and Community Health at Jawaharlal University in New Delhi told the Time the lack of oxygen is “a failure of governance. We haven’t been able to channel the oxygen delivery over the past year, which is what we should have done. We are living. from an oxygen cylinder to an oxygen cylinder. “
At the Jaipur Golden Hospital in New Delhi, oxygen supplies were arriving at the same time every day, administrator Dr Deep Kumar Baluja told the Time, but on April 24, they did not arrive as planned and there was no oxygen. For this reason, 20 patients with COVID-19 died “one after another,” he said. “I have no words to express how I felt when the patients died.”
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