15 more Covid patients die at Goa hospital as oxygen dips again | Goa News

PANAJI: Tragedy struck the Goa Medical School (GMC) but once more on Thursday, with 15 Covid-19 sufferers dying as a consequence of erratic provide of oxygen.
As many as 26 sufferers had died on the premier state-run hospital on Tuesday. A day after, on Wednesday, the Bombay excessive courtroom had directed the Goa authorities to make sure that there aren’t any extra casualties on the hospital as a consequence of oxygen scarcity.
There have been additionally unconfirmed experiences of some deaths on Wednesday.
“The oxygen interruptions are inflicting issues resulting in deaths. Final evening, the interruption that was triggered between midnight and 8am triggered 15 deaths,” GMC nodal officer Dr Viraj Khandeparkar instructed the excessive courtroom, which is listening to a PIL relating to oxygen scarcity.
The horror unfolded round 1:25am on Thursday when relations started making SOS calls saying that oxygen ranges had been dropping at GMC. Wards 143, 144, 145, 146 and 149 confronted oxygen scarcity.
With oxygen stress dropping, the SPO2 ranges of sufferers on ventilators additionally dipped. Docs made frantic calls to GMC’s senior officers and to Scoop Industries, the corporate contracted to produce oxygen cylinders to GMC, asking for oxygen provide to be regarded into. Their calls went unanswered.
“So far as piped oxygen is worried, there was a dip within the evening. There have been small dips not less than three-four instances and one large dip of about half an hour,” GMC dean Dr S M Bandekar instructed the excessive courtroom. Bandekar mentioned the sufferers who succumbed in the course of the interval had been those that had a excessive severity rating.
Among the many 15 who misplaced their lives within the early hours of Thursday was a pair. Their two younger daughters had been orphaned in a single day.
The federal government, significantly well being secretary Ravi Dhawan, insisted that the state had ample oxygen and that the dip in provide was as a result of changeover of oxygen cylinders and lack of skilled drivers who might manoeuvre the cylinder trolley rapidly.
Dhawan’s assertion that “there isn’t a dearth as such of oxygen” and that the deaths befell due to “logistical points” didn’t discover favour with the HC, which mentioned that the authorities had been in “denial mode”.
“We’re fairly pained that such logistical points ought to give rise to such critical penalties to Covid victims. We count on the state administration to search out out methods and means to beat these logistical points, in order that treasured life isn’t misplaced on account of any deficiencies within the matter of provide of oxygen to the sufferers,” mentioned Justices M S Sonak and Nitin W Sambre.
Dhawan pinned the blame on inexperienced tractor drivers. “Between 1:45am and 2am, the driving force who was bringing within the trolley acquired caught within the pathway and that pathway can convey just one tractor down in reverse. The oxygen manifold is within the basement of GMC and the driving force acquired caught for 10-15 minutes and due to this fact, the changeover time was further,” mentioned Dhawan.
The courtroom mentioned that the submissions made by the state weren’t appreciated. “These sorts of submissions are within the nature of a denial that the issue is elsewhere,” mentioned Justice Sonak in an oral commentary.
With the courtroom taking a stern line, the federal government determined to nominate a committee to inquire into the oxygen provide challenge that has plagued GMC for over two weeks. The three-member committee consists of IIT Goa director B Okay Mishra, former dean of GMC Dr V N Jindal and concrete improvement secretary Tariq Thomas. The committee will confirm the adequacy of the oxygen provide and advocate enchancment within the supply system at GMC.
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