Bengaluru, May 3
As many as 24 sufferers, together with 23 affected by Covid, died in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar due to alleged oxygen scarcity in the district hospital in the final 24 hours, officers mentioned.
A pall of gloom descended on the Chamarajanagar district hospital because the grieving kin of the deceased gathered after listening to the information.
Family members of the lifeless additionally staged an indication on the hospital and alleged there was a scarcity of oxygen and raised slogans.
Chamarajanagar district in-charge minister S Suresh Kumar, who can also be the Primary and Secondary Education (*24*), mentioned he had ordered a dying audit report from the district administration into the incident.
He, nonetheless, maintained that each one the deaths didn’t happen due to oxygen scarcity.
“It’s not appropriate to say that all 24 deaths happened due to oxygen shortage. These deaths had happened from Sunday morning to this morning. The oxygen shortage happened in the wee hours of Monday – from 12.30 am to 2.30 am,” Kumar informed reporters right here.
Chief (*24*) BS Yediyurappa referred to as the deputy commissioner and obtained details about the incident.
Suresh Kumar mentioned the dying audit report would element what these sufferers had been affected by, whether or not they had any co-morbidities and in which state they had been introduced to the hospital.
“All the people who died may not have died due to oxygen shortage,” he added.
According to him, there’s a inventory of 6,000 litres of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) however there was a necessity for oxygen cylinders.
“The cylinders were supposed to come from Mysuru but there was some glitch,” Kumar mentioned.
He additionally mentioned he had defined the scenario to the Chief Secretary, private secretary to the Chief (*24*) and the Additional Director General of Police Pratap Reddy, who’s in cost of oxygen provide in the state.
“I have also told the officials to find a permanent solution for the supply of oxygen in Chamarajanagar district. There indeed is a problem in Mysuru but that should not hinder the supply of oxygen from Mysuru to Chamarajanagar and Mandya,” Suresh Kumar added.
Expressing sorrow over the deaths, the minister mentioned he would rush to Chamarajanagar to take inventory of the scenario. PTI