Sir Ganga Ram Hospital still waiting to refill oxygen cylinders
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi has been waiting for three days to refill its oxygen cylinders, which are used while transporting critically ill COVID-19 patients, and is currently in beg and borrow mode. The hospital has received 10 tonnes of liquid oxygen around 11:40 am. In the morning, it had 4,000 cubic meters of oxygen left which would last for eight hours.
Hospital staff is waiting on location to get the cylinders
The hospital has 104 oxygen cylinders which are used while moving extremely sick COVID-19 patients in case of an emergency which is happening quite frequently now, an official said. "All the cylinders were sent three days ago to different locations for an emergency refill. For the last three days our staff is camping there but to no avail," he said.
SGRH consumes 10K cubic meters of oxygen per day
"The hospital has arranged two cylinders which are also going to empty quickly," a hospital source said, adding it is getting extremely difficult and risky to shift patients in and around the hospital. Sir Ganga Ram Hospital requires a minimum of 11,000 cubic meters of liquid oxygen daily and has a consumption of 10,000 cubic meters per day.
The hospital had reported 25 deaths due to oxygen shortage
By 11:40 am, a tanker with 10 tonnes of oxygen was sent from the Jindal Steel plant in Rourkela by industrialist Naveen Jindal for the hospital. The vehicle took more than 48 hours to reach Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. It had on Friday reported the death of 25 of its sickest patients as the administration grappled with depleting oxygen supplies.