Eleven Covid-19 sufferers died at SVRR authorities normal hospital in Tirupati on Thursday night after a breakdown in oxygen provide, leading to scarcity. At the least 13 sufferers who’re being handled within the ICU ward at present are mentioned to be essential.
Chaos and panic ensued when sufferers have been gasping for breath as their family rushed contained in the ICU wards with Ambu luggage, hand followers to revive them. Movies rising from the hospital confirmed a number of sufferers mendacity lifeless on their beds even because the hospital workers struggled to put in half-filled oxygen cylinders beside sufferers who have been hyperventilating. Attendants declare sufferers have been left with out oxygen for almost 45 minutes.
“There is no such thing as a oxygen, no beds, no injections. My mom has been struggling to breathe since final 30 minutes, however no hospital workers helps us,” a affected person’s son mentioned.
The state authorities nonetheless has claimed that there was a disruption in oxygen provide just for 5 to 10 minutes. Chittoor District Collector M. Harinarayanan mentioned a much bigger tragedy was averted because of the alertness proven by docs on responsibility.
“There was a drop in oxygen stress however we instantly arrange bulk oxygen cylinders to avert a catastrophe. It’s unlucky that 11 folks misplaced their lives.”
Information18 has learnt that an oxygen tanker from Chennai reached the hospital almost after a delay of two hours, however by then, they have been virtually out of their buffer inventory. The refilling course of, which took extra time, led to a brief disruption in oxygen move. Because of this, essential sufferers battled for all times as a result of low stress within the pipelines. Oxygen provide was restored to full capability solely after a number of hours.
Expressing shock on the demise of 11 sufferers, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Reddy has ordered a high-level probe into the matter and requested his officers to take inventory of oxygen provide at completely different hospitals.
NOT THE FIRST INCIDENT
That is the third such incident that has come to mild from Andhra Pradesh. Earlier this month, there have been 16 deaths at two completely different hospitals as a result of oxygen scarcity. Eleven sufferers died at Anantapur Sarvajana Authorities hospital as a result of ‘non permanent breakdown in oxygen provide’, whereas in Kurnool, 5 folks misplaced their lives at a personal hospital. Officers had attributed the deaths to Covid-19 associated issues and never negligence on a part of the hospital workers
The TDP mentioned Jagan Reddy has blood on his arms and the incident was legal negligence on behalf of the state authorities.
TDP spokesperson Pattabhi Ram mentioned: “One other act of legal negligence has value many lives in Ruia hospital in Tirupati which is the largest hospital in Rayalseema area. Even after so many incidents, Jagan Reddy hasn’t woken up.”
Andhra BJP president Somu Veeraju mentioned deaths as a result of oxygen scarcity have been “an enormous failure on a part of the federal government. Jagan has not taken any steps to offer medical assets to hospitals”.
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