Increase oxygen supply to Delhi: Deputy CM Manish Sisodia urges Centre

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 19, 2021

Calling the COVID-19 situation in the national capital "very serious", Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 18 seeking help for beds and oxygen for coronavirus patients.

"The COVID situation has become very serious in Delhi".

New Delhi has registered at least 24,000 fresh coronavirus cases in 24 hours and faces a "grim" battle against a new pandemic wave with shortages of oxygen and drugs, the Indian capital's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Saturday. We are doing everything we can at our level.

Kejriwal also requested the prime minister for reserving at least 7000 central government hospital beds out of the 10000 in Delhi for COVID patients, and immediate supply of oxygen. He added that fewer than 100 ICU beds are vacant across Delhi's hospitals.

There are just 37 ventilator beds and 58 ICU beds without ventilators available in Delhi at present.

Kejriwal emphasised the shortage of oxygen in the national capital.

Passengers wait to board buses for their native places at Kaushambi Bus Terminal, during weekend lockdown imposed in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases across the country, in Ghaziabad, Saturday, April 17, 2021.

"We are getting cooperation from the Central government". "I spoke to home minister Amit Shah today and had spoken to (health minister) Harsh Vardhan yesterday".

"There are a total of 10,000 beds in Delhi including that of the Central government". A private hospital told us yesterday that they had nearly run out but tragedy was averted. "Some beds will also be put up in schools the will be and attached to hospitals", Kejriwal said. We are also making arrangements for high-flow oxygen beds in many hospitals.

The state government is also planning emergency facilities at the Commonwealth Games Village, schools and reviving the Radha Soami Satsang Beas centre that was established a year ago.

Hospitals in Delhi are running out of space to admit Covid patients. "A large number of patients are being admitted to hospitals and we are falling short of ICU beds".

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