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More oxygen shortage disasters waiting to happen in AP?

As many as 16 Covid-19 patients have allegedly died in two days in two districts of Andhra Pradesh after a glitch in the supply of oxygen at a government hospital in Anantapur and a private facility in Kurnool. However, the district authorities claimed that not all the deaths were due to a snag of oxygen supply.
 
Eleven of these deaths occurred at the Anantapur Government General Hospital on Saturday and five died at a private facility in Kurnool district. 
 
Meanwhile, Anantapur Joint Collector Nishanth Kumar said that a total of 21 Covid-19 patients have died at the Anantapur government hospital since Friday due to “various reasons”. However, he did not specify these causes. Relatives of the patients said that doctors at the hospital told them the deaths were caused due to low pressure in the oxygen supplies.
 
Out of the 14 that died in the Anantapur Government General Hospital, six patients were in the orthopaedic ward and four in the chest ward. The remaining four were among 180 patients on oxygen support and in the intensive care unit. Unconfirmed reports suggested that the toll may be higher. 
 
Despite multiple complaints, the Anantapur joint collector with other officials reached the district hospital around 7 pm to try to fix the oxygen pipeline even after denying that there was no problem with oxygen supply. 
 
What is appalling is the incident in Kurnool district where five Covid-19 patients died at the KS Care Hospital due to shortage of oxygen. Additionally, the hospital was reported to not have the permission to treat coronavirus patients. A criminal case was registered against the managing director of the private hospital and more action will be taken under the Disaster Management Act. 
 
It is believed as the country suffers from oxygen shortage, many hospitals in Andhra Pradesh may become places for an impending disaster in the coming days. Unfortunately, there is a rapid spike in COVID-19 infections in the state. 
 
The daily coronavirus tally breached the 20,000-mark for the first time to touch 23,920 new cases with 83 deaths and 11,411 recoveries as of today. Given the rapid rate of infection spreading in the state, it is clear that the state government is unable to control the situation and neither has an action plan to tackle resources or capacities. 

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