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COVID Emergency: 11 die as Oxygen Tanker reaches late to Tirupati Hospital

Eleven COVID-19 patients have died at Tirupati’s Ruia Hospital due to oxygen shortage. The oxygen tanker is said to have arrived late and the patients, most of whom were being treated in the ICU ward, were without oxygen for nearly 45 minutes. More deaths are feared, officials added.
 
The Covid-specialty hospital has nearly 1,000 beds. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy has ordered a high-level probe into the matter and is likely to visit the hospital in the morning.
 
Chittoor District Collector M. Harinarayanan said a bigger tragedy was averted due to the alertness shown by doctors on duty. “There was a drop in oxygen pressure but we immediately set up bulk oxygen cylinders to avert a disaster. It’s unfortunate that 11 people lost their lives.”
 
As the country is gripped by a deadly second wave of the coronavirus, incidents like these have claimed several lives. Just two weeks ago, two people died in Vizianagaram district due to a technical glitch that disrupted the oxygen supply at a hospital.
 
Earlier this month, 24 patients had died in Chamarajanagar district hospital in Karnataka allegedly due to lack of oxygen supply. 
 
On April 24, at least 20 Covid-19 patients in Delhi’s Jaipur Golden Hospital died after the hospital ran out of oxygen. A day earlier, 25 critical patients succumbed at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in the national capital amid a last-minute scramble for oxygen.
 
These incidents clearly reflect how the Central government has given up on managing the crisis while states scamper around to find their resources. It also reflects a deeper malice of how people are being eventually blamed for the government's mismanagement and handling of this COVID crisis. 

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