How wheels moved overnight from Odisha to Andhra Pradesh to trace oxygen tanker

Amidst the precarious oxygen provide scenario, a authorities hospital in Andhra Pradesh spent a sleepless evening on Thursday making an attempt to hint a tanker that went “lacking”, with officers working the telephones up and down the route the driving force was to take from Odisha to Vijayawada. The medical oxygen tanker lastly made it in time to the hospital with 400 Covid-19 sufferers, because the drained driver was traced parked subsequent to a dhaba, sleeping.

Authorities Common Hospital at Vijayawada was relying on the 18-tonne oxygen tanker to land from Angul in Odisha after refill by Friday morning. The hospital which has 600-plus Covid beds receives extreme circumstances from close by areas and all its 400 sufferers are at present on oxygen assist. It will get oxygen provides from Odisha and the Vizag Metal Plant. Thursday evening, because it tried discovering the tanker to make sure that all was properly, the hospital found that its on-board monitoring system was off. It subsequent referred to as the cell phone of the driving force, Vidya Singh, however that too was switched off.

The hospital rang the alarm bells, with Medical Superintendent Dr Siva Shankar Rao and Joint Collector L Siva Shankar contacting Vijayawada Police Commissioner B Srinivasulu. The latter took fast motion, alerting all of the senior law enforcement officials, together with District Superintendents of Police, of areas falling on the 800-km route from Angul to Vijayawada.

When it was decided that Singh had crossed Visakhapatnam, on the premise of his cell phone monitoring, the search was narrowed down.

Round 2 am, the Circle Inspector of Prathipadu in East Godavari, Y Rambabu, acquired a name from SP Adnan Nayeem Asmi. “He stated an oxygen tanker was lacking and it may very well be in our space.”

Rambadu says the officer pressed the urgency of the scenario. “He stated it was essential that the tanker attain Vijayawada hospital by 6 am, or the lives of sufferers may very well be in peril.”

A frantic search later, Rambadu and his group lastly discovered the tanker round 2.30 am, parked outdoors a dhaba at Dharmavaram, together with a number of different vans. “Vidya Singh stated he had gone off to sleep as a result of he was extraordinarily drained. He instructed us he had been driving lengthy hours since a number of days to ship oxygen, and he was fatigued and felt drowsy. So he stopped the tanker and slept.”

Singh, 40, is employed with S S Movers and Logistics. As a result of rising demand for oxygen, scarcity of drivers, in addition to Covid-19 protocols, the tanker didn’t have a further driver or attendant.

Rambadu stated Singh instructed them he was properly rested and will drive on. However the Circle Officer determined to not take the chance. “We despatched an skilled police driver together with him, and police in all jurisdictions created a inexperienced channel until Authorities Common Hospital, Vijayawada,” Rambabu stated.

The 250-km journey went off with out a hitch, and the tanker reached the hospital at 7 am, with barely sufficient oxygen within the hospital’s tankers to spare. Because the panic occurred within the evening, the sufferers and their kin remained unaware.

Andhra Pradesh, that’s among the many states witnessing a surge in Covid-19 circumstances, requires about 500 metric tonnes of oxygen day by day, with over 20,000 sufferers on oxygen assist at numerous authorities and personal hospitals.

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