Delhi Oxygen Crisis: What’s Triggering it and What Can Help Now

Apr 22, 04:24 PM
Delhi's COVID hospitals have been gasping for oxygen! Some have enough to last 3 hours, some have two hours, some even less than that for critical patients who are depending on this life saving oxygen.

As Delhi reports 24,638 new cases and 249 deaths on 22 April, unequal demand and supply of oxygen has made this a coveted medical essential. Although there hasn't been any largescale disaster so far, due to last minute interventions, the city is standing on the very edge of this crisis with more and more Delhi hospitals running severely low of oxygen everyday.

On 21 April, for instance state Health Minister Satyendra Jain had to appeal to the Centre on Twitter, to help with oxygen provisions, claiming that GTB hospital had only a few hours' worth of supply left. The arrival of an oxygen tanker just at the nick of time averted a crisis.

The same day another hospital, Ganga Ram Hospital where 120 patients on ICU beds was also almost out of oxygen, gain it was a last minute oxygen supply that prevented a crisis from spiralling out.

What has been also choking the supply in the city is the politics around oxygen between states amid in crisis. While the Delhi government has claimed that oxygen tankers coming into the city were blocked Haryana and UP, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij on 21 April counter-accused Delhi of "looting" the state's oxygen supply.

But it's only after the Delhi High court took up an urgent hearing on 21 April, and directed the Centre to ensure oxygen supply, did the MHA put out an order on 22 April, saying that no restrictions can be imposed on movement of oxygen between states.

Why is the capital facing such a terrible oxygen crisis? What strategies have implemented for oxygen supply to meet the current high demand?Tune in!

Host and Producer: Shorbori Purkayastha
Guests:
Subhas Chander, Manufacturer of medical gases including oxygen and Anant Bhan, Public Health Expert
Editor: Shelly Walia

Music: Big Bang Fuzz

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