Goa Well being Minister Vishwajit Rane stays evasive concerning the trigger, seeks an investigation by the Excessive Courtroom to seek out out the precise trigger.
Goa Well being Minister Vishwajit Rane on Could 11 mentioned 26 COVID-19 sufferers died on the State-run Goa Medical Faculty and Hospital (GMCH) within the early hours and sought an investigation by the Excessive Courtroom to seek out out the precise trigger.
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He mentioned these fatalities occurred between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. “which is a reality”, however remained evasive concerning the trigger.
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who visited GMCH, mentioned the hole between the “availability of medical oxygen and its provide to COVID-19 wards within the GMCH may need prompted some points for the sufferers” whilst he pressured that there isn’t any shortage of oxygen provide within the State.
Chatting with reporters, Mr. Rane admitted the shortfall within the provide of medical oxygen on the GMCH as of Could 10.
“The Excessive Courtroom ought to examine the explanations behind these deaths. The HC also needs to intervene and put together a white paper on oxygen provide to the GMCH, which might assist to set the issues proper,” the Well being Minister mentioned after CM’s go to to the GMCH.
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Mr. Rane mentioned the medical oxygen requirement of the power as of Could 10 was 1,200 jumbo cylinders of which solely 400 have been provided.
“If there is a shortfall within the provide of medical oxygen, the dialogue must be held about easy methods to bridge that hole,” he mentioned.
Mr. Rane mentioned a three-member staff of nodal officers arrange by the State authorities to supervise COVID-19 therapy at GMCH ought to give its inputs concerning the points to the CM.
Earlier within the day, the CM donning a PPE package visited COVID-19 wards within the GMCH the place he met sufferers and their family members.
“There are points over the provision of oxygen in these wards which must be sorted out,” the CM mentioned.
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He introduced the organising of a ward-wise mechanism to make sure a clean provide of medical oxygen.
“Docs, who’re busy treating sufferers, can’t spend their time in arranging logistics like oxygen. I’ll maintain a gathering instantly to arrange ward-wise mechanisms to make sure that oxygen is provided to sufferers in time,” Mr. Sawant mentioned.
The CM mentioned there was no dearth of medical oxygen and cylinders within the State however the issue arises generally as these cylinders don’t attain their locations on time.
Mr. Sawant mentioned the State authorities is making efforts on all fronts to deal with the pandemic.
“Now we have considerable provides of [medical] oxygen. There isn’t any shortage within the State,” he mentioned.
Goa’s COVID-19 tally stood at 1,21,650 as of Could 10, whereas 50 deaths had taken the toll to 1,729, an official had mentioned.
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In the meantime, Mr. Sawant warned of motion towards non-public hospitals that refuse the protection of Deen Dayal Swastha Seva Yojana (DDSSY) to COVID-19 sufferers.
He mentioned the pending monetary dues on a part of non-public hospitals underneath this scheme will likely be cleared within the subsequent 15 days.