Did Oxygen Shortage Kill 4 Covid Patients In Jammu Hospital?

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No Patient Died Of Oxygen Shortage: Admin

Jammu: Notwithstanding the claims of administration of ample oxygen supply, four Covid-19 patients admitted in Jammu’s Batra Hospital died on Saturday allegedly due to non-availability of oxygen, a charge rejected by the hospital administration.

Situation in Batra Hospital turned chaotic when four Covid positive patients allegedly died for want of Oxygen support. Attendants of the deceased patients blamed hospital administration and government for callousness and created ruckus in the hospital premises.

“Our patient was undergoing treatment at the hospital for the past 17 days and died painfully of suffocation due to non-availability of oxygen,” one of the protesting relatives of the deceased said.

However, the hospital management denied the charge and said there was no shortage of oxygen in the hospital.

“Four deaths have taken place today (Saturday) due to various reasons but not because of shortage of oxygen. We have 32 more patients on oxygen support,” hospital principal Pawan Malhotra said.

He said the hospital has not taken any new patients for the past three days because of the heavy rush and also gave an option to the admitted patients to take voluntary discharge if they desire so.

“The (oxygen) supply is coming regularly and we constantly remain in touch with the government to ensure that there is no shortage of oxygen,” Malhotra said.

Meanwhile, the relatives of the patients said that their “loved ones died due to shortage of oxygen supply and hospital authorities kept hiding the cause of death.”

A hospital official on the condition of anonymity said that Batra hospital requires 350 oxygen cylinders daily for treatment of Covid patients but the supply got affected and there was shortage of oxygen since late night. Two of four patients died of oxygen shortage while other two due to medical reasons,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir administration said that no patient died due to shortage of oxygen supply at Acharya Shri Chander College of Medical Sciences (ASCOM) hospital as regular replenishment is being undertaken as per requirement raised.

“Four deaths reported in Batra hospital Jammu today (Saturday) occurred because of routine medical reasons, not because of shortage of oxygen,” a statement issued by the administration said.

The statement, uploaded by the Department of Information and Public Relations on its Twitter handle, said as far as oxygen supply to Batra hospital is concerned, 253 oxygen cylinders were supplied to it in the last 24 hours and regular replenishment is being undertaken as per requirement raised.

“The supply of oxygen is being closely monitored,” the statement said.

It said while there is an increasing demand due to a rise in the number of COVID cases, no patient has died due to shortage of supply of oxygen.

“Please do not pay heed to rumours,” the administration said.

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