22 COVID-19 Patients Die In India After Oxygen Supply Disrupted
Twenty-two Covid-19 patients lost their lives at a hospital in India on Wednesday when the oxygen supply to their ventilators was interrupted by a leakage.
The tragedy emanates as India faces acute shortages of medical supplies during a severe second wave of coronavirus infections.
The 30-minute leakage from an oxygen tanker interrupted supply to the ventilators of over 60 critically ill patients. The tanker was positioned outside Dr. Zakir Hussain Hospital in Nashik, about 200 kilometers north of Mumbai.
“The oxygen supply was resumed within half an hour and oxygen is being supplied through the same tanker now,” stated the local official Suraj Mandhare as he updated reporters after the leak.
Weeping relatives of the affected patients gathered at the hospital, which was treating 170 Covid-19 patients, many of whom were shifted to other facilities after the unfortunate incident occurred.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the leak, was “heartbreaking”. “Anguished by the deaths due to it,” he tweeted.
It took place in Maharashtra state, which is the core of the country’s Covid outbreak.
The state’s chief minister Uddhav Thackeray ordered an investigation.
The tragedy happened a week after Thackeray asked Indian pilots to airlift oxygen supplies to the region to lessen severe shortages as there is a rise in Covid-19 infections.
Hospitals in India’s capital New Delhi have come dangerously close to run-short-of their oxygen supplies as infections continue to spike in the country of 1.3 billion.