Twenty Covid-19 patients died on April 23 respectively at Jaipur Golden Hospital, New Delhi, due to exhausted medical oxygen.
The hospital requested 3.5 tons of oxygen resupply, which is expected to arrive at 5pm on April 24. However, until midnight, the hospital received the oxygen. During that time, the hospital’s oxygen reserves were nearly exhausted. Around midnight, many sick people begin to bear it. “A short time after that, they died one after another, one after another”, Dr. Deep Kumar Baluja, head of the hospital, said.
On the morning of April 24, Dr. Baluja wrote on Twitter: “We are still waiting for oxygen. The lives of the remaining 215 Covid-19 patients depend on the hospital. Please help, we are in desperation.” .
About 25 Covid-19 patients also died within 24 hours on April 22 at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) due to a lack of medical oxygen. At that time, the hospital had more than 140 patients in critical condition and had to be ventilated.
Other hospitals such as Moolchand, SGRH, Batra on April 24, all urgently reported the lack of oxygen, asking for help from the authorities. On the morning of April 24, Batra Hospital Director, Dr. SCL Gupta, said the hospital had only enough oxygen for an hour for 350 patients. 500 liters of oxygen were then supplied to the hospital.
“We only get 500 liters of oxygen after pleading for almost 12 hours, less than our daily requirement of 8,000 liters. We have 350 patients and it would be very difficult to treat them without enough oxygen.” , said Dr. Gupta.
To date, India has recorded more than 17 million Covid-19 cases, more than 189,000 deaths. The number of cases on April 24 in India was the highest in the world, with more than 346,000 cases. The number of people killed by Covid-19 in the past 24 hours was 2,623.
In early 2021, the number of infections in India was below 9,000 and less than 80 deaths. Experts say the government mistakenly thought the epidemic was gone and allowed events to be held with many participants. The relaxation of the measures, coupled with the emergence of a new nCoV variant, sparked the Covid-19 tsunami in the country.
India has already deployed 135 million doses of the vaccine, but this is still small compared to its 1.38 billion population. To date, 8.23% of Indians have received at least one shot of the vaccine and 1.39% have been fully vaccinated.
The government plans to vaccinate people over the age of 18 from May 1, but some states are experiencing vaccine shortages. The Serum Institute of India, which makes the AstraZeneca vaccine, said it would not be able to meet its goal of making 100 million doses a month.
“It’s tragic,” said Kaushik Basu, professor at Cornell University and former economic adviser to the Indian government. less than 1.5% of the population is fully injected is a confusing failure “.
Mai Dung (According to the NY Times, Reuters, Guardian)