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Oxygen shortage takes 24 lives in Karnataka hospital, govt denies claims

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Bengaluru: At least twenty four patients on Sunday succumbed to death due to alleged oxygen shortage at a government hospital in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar.

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“The deaths were reported after there was a fall in oxygen supply between 12 am to 2 am on Sunday night,” a senior official at the hospital said.

At least 144 patients are being treated at the hospital, he added.

“My boy had recovered 75%. If there had been an oxygen cylinder he could have been saved,” said a deceased’s relative.

While, another such relative said he received a distress call from his brother at midnight. “He called me around 12 o’clock saying there was no oxygen. Please see what you can do. When we came here immediately, they didn’t allow any of us in. When we called again, there was no reply. That meant he was gone. He died because of lack of oxygen”.

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Taking the matter in cognisance, state Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa spoke to the district collector about the incident and called an emergency Cabinet meeting for tomorrow (May4). Meanwhile, State Home Minister Basavaraja Bommai has asked the DGP-IGP Praveen Sood to investigate the matter and submit a comprehensive report for further action.

Mysuru MP, Pratap Simha, said, “Last night, when media people drew my attention to the situation of oxygen shortage in Chamarajnagar district, I myself contacted DC Ravi and took a conference call with ADC who is in charge of  oxygen. At night itself I contacted Southern Gas and they provided 15 cylinders. Before that also we had given from the quota. Despite all this, this sad incident occurred. Chamarajnagar is not some far away place. We feel it is part of us. We are part of their sorrow.”

Dr. Ashwathnarayan C N, the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, tweet read,

To note, the district has recorded a total of 11,928 cases of COVID-19 infection since the beginning of the pandemic in January 2020. At least 167 people have died since then due to the virus.

Worried by the failing system and collapsing health care, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to twitter to hit out at the state government over its handling of the crisis. He wrote:

Several hospitals across the country have been reporting a shortage of oxygen, with many patients losing lives due to this.

One of the worst corona hit states, Karnataka reported 37,733 fresh cases, 21,149 recoveries, and 217 deaths in the past 24 hours. The total number of active cases in the state stands at 4,21,436 with 11,64,398 recoveries.

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