Karnataka: 23 die as Covid-19 facility in Chamarajnagar runs out of oxygen

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    Karnataka: 23 die as Covid-19 facility in Chamarajnagar runs out of oxygen


    Chamarajnagar: While the households of the sufferers have alleged they died as a result of of a scarcity of medical oxygen on the facility, the state authorities has claimed solely three of the deaths occurred resulting from this cause.

    Twenty-three sufferers have died at a Covid-19 therapy facility in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar district in a 24-hour interval from Sunday morning.

    While the households of the sufferers have alleged they died as a result of of a scarcity of medical oxygen on the facility, the state authorities has claimed solely three of the deaths occurred resulting from this cause.

    Chamarajanagar district deputy commissioner Dr M R Ravi confirmed 23 deaths on the district hospital, which has been designated as a Covid-19 therapy facility, between Sunday and Monday morning.

    He stated the district has a scarcity of oxygen provides, however claimed that not all of the deaths had been attributable to oxygen scarcity.

    “A total of 23 died in the district hospital and one person died at a private facility. It cannot be said that all patients died due to lack of oxygen,” Ravi stated.

    Chamarajanagar district, which reported no Covid-19 instances in the primary wave of infections, has seen a number of deaths in the final couple of days. The official state bulletin reported 15 deaths in the area on Sunday.

    The newly put in 6-kilolitre liquid oxygen storage tank on the over 125-bed district hospital began to run empty round 2 pm on Sunday, native officers stated.

    Hospital authorities resorted to cylinders to provide nominal quantities of oxygen to sufferers, even as efforts had been made to supply cylinders from the neighboring Mysuru district, they stated.

    “The crisis began around 8 pm on Sunday with patients complaining of not getting enough oxygen in the ICU. The doctors were doing their best but patients were not feeling any relief. We called up district officials and they said more oxygen was being arranged. Later, there was no response,” a relative of a affected person who died on the hospital, stated.

    The spouse of a younger man who died on Sunday evening stated: “We had been at the hospital for a week, since last Monday. My husband seemed to be recovering well but still needed oxygen. On Sunday night he complained of severe breathlessness as there was no oxygen supply, and he later died.”

    Ravi stated on Monday that the liquid medical oxygen facility on the hospital was working till Sunday afternoon. “Afterwards, oxygen cylinders were being used. In the night an alert was sounded of shortage of cylinders and efforts were made to arrange for the supply of more cylinders,” he stated.

    Officials in Mysuru district stated 250 cylinders had been despatched to Chamarajanagar on Sunday evening after an SOS was acquired.

    Amid requires his resignation over the deaths, state Health Minister Dr Okay Sudhakar claimed that solely three individuals on the district hospital had died as a result of scarcity of oxygen, and the remainder had succumbed to Covid issues.

    “Three of the patients died due to oxygen scarcity. The other deaths were due to other reasons. The government has ordered a probe and we will take action,” Dr Sudhakar stated.

    Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has ordered senior IAS officer Shivayogi Kalasad to conduct an inquiry and current a report in three days.

    “The government has taken cognisance of the deaths of 23 patients…at the Chamarajanagar district hospital between 9 am on Sunday and 7 am on Monday. The government has taken a serious view of these deaths,” the order on the inquiry states.

    The opposition Congress described the deaths as (*23*). Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah stated: “The deaths could have been averted with adequate oxygen supply. Chamarajanagar needs 300 cylinders of oxygen a day and there was shortage over two to three days. District officials did not initiate measures to maintain the oxygen stock. It is the negligence of the government and irresponsibility of officials that has caused the deaths.”

    Meanwhile, in New Delhi, the Centre claimed on Monday that there was no scarcity of oxygen in the nation, and that hospitals ought to use medical oxygen judiciously.

    “It is very important for all the hospitals that they ensure judicious use of oxygen as per the guidelines issued…by the Union Health Ministry,” PTI quoted senior Home Ministry official Piyush Goyal as saying.

    “Oxygen is available in adequate quantity in the country and efforts are being made to transport it to hospitals in the shortest possible time,” Goyal stated.

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