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At least 74 died in Goa Hospital due to oxygen shortage

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At least 74 patients have lost their lives in the Goa Medical College and Hospital in the past four days reportedly due to the shortage of oxygen.

On Friday, 13 people died between 1 am and 6 am, former Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai said. On Thursday, 15 people lost their lives, 20 people died on Wednesday and 26 people lost their lives of Tuesday.

Sardesai’s Goa Forward Party was an ally of the BJP government in the state, but broke its ties last month for the government’s “anti-Goan policies”.

He tweeted, “Goemkars are devastated & heartbroken as inspite of a truce between @DrPramodPSawant & @visrane brokered by Centre, 13 have reportedly died last night due to ‘logistical issues’ @GoaGmc during the critical ‘dark hours’ (1-6 AM)! We need action not just another committee of enquiry.”

Contradiction

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had earlier claimed that there was no shortage of oxygen in the state. He said this after his visit to the hospital on Tuesday. However, health minister Viswajit Rane had said that there was a shortfall of medical oxygen.

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A letter by Goa’s principal secretary PK Goel to the central government also contradicts the claims. Goel said that between May 1 and 10, the state received only 66.74 metric tonnes of the allocated 110 from Maharashtra’s Kolhapur. Kolhapur supplies around 40 per cent of all medical oxygen to Goa in this crisis.

“It is an earnest request we should be given 22 MT per day, in place of 11 MT, for at least a week to make up for the shortfall,” the BJP government in the state wrote to the Centre.

 HC wants status report from Goa govt

The Bombay High Court’s Goa bench is hearing several petitions on the handling of the pandemic and, on Thursday, said COVID patients could not be allowed to die because of logistics.

That was after the state said the delay in replenishing oxygen supplies was due to problems like a lack of people to drive the tankers and tractors that transport the gas. The court has directed hospital and state authorities to file a status report by 7 pm today that should include details on the supply of oxygen and the availability of tanks, concentrators and drivers.

 

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