6 patients die following oxygen crisis at private hospital in Amritsar; CM orders probe

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6 patients die following oxygen crisis at private hospital in Amritsar; CM orders probe

Manmeet Singh Gill

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, April 24

Six patients died at a private hospital right here on Friday night time allegedly as a result of scarcity of medical oxygen.

The deceased included 5 Covid patients.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered the Amritsar Deputy Commissioner (DC) to provoke a radical probe into the incident.

Neelkanth hospital authorities stated that they had apprised the district administration of the scarcity of oxygen two days in the past. A hospital official stated that they had additionally knowledgeable the households and requested them to shift the patients to different hospitals.

The scarcity of oxygen in the district was reported three days in the past when Government Medical College had shifted to its buffer inventory. Later, the district administration and Medical Education Minister OP Soni had claimed that oxygen provide had been restored.

However, the native chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Friday apprised the deputy commissioner of the scarcity confronted by private hospitals.

The drawback of scarcity of oxygen has partially been as a result of administration diverting the complete provide to Government Medical College which is dealing with the utmost Covid circumstances.

The IMA alleged that private hospitals will not be being given oxygen by distributors and police guards have been deployed exterior the godowns in order that the utmost provide is reserved for presidency hospitals.

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Manjit Singh, attendant of a 33-year-old pregnant girl admitted to Neelkanth hospital, stated, “The administration has the responsibility to care for all patients. Patients admitted to private hospitals are as important as those admitted to government hospitals.”

He stated he had been requested to shift the affected person to a different private hospital. “If one hospital does not have oxygen, what is the guarantee that the other would not face the same problem,” he stated.

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