Although the precise variety of casualties was but to be formally introduced, sources confirmed to TOI that11 sufferers had died within the temporary disruption in oxygen.
Authorities claimed that the provision was affected for only a few minutes throughout which era the tragedy occurred. Relations of a few of the sufferers, nonetheless, claimed that offer was disrupted for not less than 25 minutes.
There are about 135 ICU beds and 400-plus oxygen beds on the hospital the place some 1,100 Covid-19 sufferers have been admitted at current.
Sources informed TOI that the 10,000 litres capability oxygen tank on the hospital was almost empty and was being refilled after a tanker arrived from Tamil Nadu. The refilling course of led to interruption in oxygen provide and through this time the situation of a number of important sufferers deteriorated.
Their attendants desperately tried in useless to maintain them alive through the use of hand followers and different determined means. Movies popping out of the hospital confirmed plenty of sufferers mendacity lifeless on beds whilst individuals run round making an attempt to assist them with hand pumps and different gear.
District collector M Hari Narayana rushed to the hospital after studying of the tragedy. He has requested the police to probe if there was any try and sabotage the oxygen provide.
Chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed shock on the loss of life of the 11 sufferers and requested for a report from officers. He additionally ordered all collectors to keep watch over oxygen provide in all hospitals of their districts and be sure that such tragedies don’t happen.
The chief minister sought an in depth report on the incident by Tuesday morning. Earlier, officers of the CMO briefed Jagan on the incident.
Well being minister Alla Kalikrishna Srinivas spoke with the officers of Chittoor district and the workers of the Ruia Hospital and requested to take required steps to revive oxygen provide to the inpatients.
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