Coronavirus, Oxygen Cylinder, Madhya Pradesh: Acute Shortage - Madhya Pradesh Hospitals Red-Flag Oxygen Supply Issue
Madhya Pradesh hospitals and Covid treatment facilities face an acute oxygen supply crisis amid a surge in new cases - the state reported 8,998 this morning and over 12,000 in the 48 hours prior.
The Shivraj Singh Chouhan government claims it has doubled supply over the weekend - from 130 metric tonnes on Thursday to 267 on Sunday - but that increase has been dwarfed by rising demand, leading to panic - from patients and families, and doctors - in hospitals across the state.
In Bhopal a hospital refused to admit seriously ill people without a signed acknowledgment from family members - that they had been informed about the crisis in advance.
Another went a step further on Tuesday and turned away critically ill people like Ashok Rai, who was literally gasping for a breath. The authorities said they'd received only 30 per cent of the required oxygen supply the state government said had been more than doubled.