Amidst the rising corona cases in the country another tragic has hit India in which as many as 24 patients, including some Covid-19 positive, died at a hospital in Karnataka allegedly due to the shortage of oxygen on Monday.
The incident took place at a district hospital in Chamarajanagar where at least 144 patients are being treated. The district officials have, however, denied the allegations that all the patients died due to oxygen shortage at the hospital.
Chamarajanagar district in-charge Minister S Suresh Kumar claimed “It's not appropriate to say that all the 24 deaths happened due to oxygen shortage. These deaths happened from Sunday morning to this morning. The oxygen shortage happened in the wee hours of Monday -- from 12.30 am to 2.30 am. All the people who died may not have died due to oxygen shortage.”
Family members of the dead had staged a demonstration at the hospital and alleged there was a shortage of oxygen and raised slogans. A total of 250 oxygen cylinders were sent to the hospital from Mysore in the middle of the night as an emergency stock as the oxygen cylinders that were supposed to come from Ballari did not reach the hospital due to a delay in supply. Officials have ordered a death audit report from the district.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa called the officials to inquire into the incident in Chamarajanagar. Rahul Gandhi attacked the central government over the Chamarajanagar incident and also for the deaths that have been reported across the country due to the oxygen shortage.
"Died or Killed? My heartfelt condolences to their families. How much more suffering before the ‘system’ wakes up?" Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet by criticizing the central govt.