PANAJI: Goa well being minister Vishwajit Rane made a startling announcement on Tuesday — that many Covid sufferers had been dying on account of oxygen provide issues within the early hours of each morning at Goa Medical Faculty, and that 26 had died between the identical hours on Tuesday. The minister requested the Bombay excessive court docket to probe goings-on at GMC.
“Because of interrupted provide of oxygen, we really feel that between 2am and 6am many individuals are dying in GMC. There’s a want for an inquiry instantly by the excessive court docket. There are petitions pending earlier than it. The HC can appoint an professional committee to search out out why deaths are taking place between 2am and 6am and are available out with a white paper,” he stated.
For days, TOI has reported a nightly drop of oxygen that always leaves sufferers gasping for breath. With no assist forthcoming, medical doctors and nurses have been pressured to improvise, typically hooking as much as three sufferers to a single oxygen cylinder.
Rane’s assertion got here on a day that Goa recorded 75 Covid deaths, its highest-ever single-day tally, of which 48 sufferers died at GMC.
“On Monday, our requirement was about 1,200 cylinders, however we acquired 400 cylinders. The hospital has been dealing with a scarcity of oxygen provide,” the well being minister stated.
However chief minister Pramod Sawant, who visited the GMC’s Covid wards earlier within the day, claimed there was sufficient oxygen and stated the disaster was on account of “mismanagement”. “It appears to be like just like the oxygen doesn’t attain the sufferers. I’ll repair accountability and streamline it,” he stated.
Sawant stated that there was a delay within the allocation of cylinders. “To resolve this downside, 600 oxygen cylinders (up from 400) will likely be made accessible to GMC, and we are going to make this accessible inside 24 hours,” he stated. He stated GMC requires 55 oxygen trolleys (every trolley gives 336 cubic litres of oxygen).
“To fast-track the motion of oxygen trolleys, we’ve got referred to as consultants and drivers on Wednesday to clear this bottleneck. This can cease oxygen strain drops and the problem will likely be solved,” he stated.
Sawant, who met authorities medical doctors late Tuesday night time, stated the state authorities has additionally determined to put in a 20MT liquid oxygen tank at GMC inside eight days. “I’ll personally monitor the set up,” Sawant stated, at the same time as he requested GMC to switch 150 sufferers to the brand new super-specialty block to scale back the load on the state’s premier hospital.
“As soon as the oxygen tank is full and one other 200 Covid sufferers are shifted to the super-specialty block, there will likely be much less demand for oxygen at GMC,” he stated.
Earlier within the day, after visiting the Covid wards, Sawant blamed Scoop Industries, the corporate contracted by the federal government to produce oxygen to the state’s public hospitals, for the delay in supplying oxygen. “If he (Scoop Industries proprietor) is sure by a 10-year contract to produce oxygen, how can he now dump accountability on the state authorities? I can’t tolerate such acts which can result in deaths of Covid sufferers on account of oxygen scarcity,” Sawant stated.
Oxygen provide by means of GMC’s central line has been erratic for weeks, placing the lives of sufferers who’re on non-invasive air flow, these with extreme Covid pneumonia and people with acute respiratory misery, in danger. Among the many slew of measures taken by the federal government final month for Covid administration was the appointment of three IAS officers as nodal officers to take care of the availability of medical oxygen to hospitals. “It’s their accountability to search out out what the issue is and inform the CM about it. I can even speak to the CM to study the place the mismanagement is going on. As well being minister, I wish to find out about it,” Rane stated. The well being minister stated the chief minister was “misinformed” however didn’t elaborate.
Sawant stated there needs to be a ward-wise in-charge to take care of oxygen provide to sufferers as nurses had been unable to deal with it.
“I’ve understood all the issues and I’ll come out with a 100% resolution to the issue inside in the future,” Sawant claimed.