Coronavirus, Oxygen Cylinder, Madhya Pradesh: Acute Shortage - Madhya Pradesh Hospitals Red-Flag Oxygen Supply Issue

Coronavirus, Oxygen Cylinder, Madhya Pradesh: Acute Shortage - Madhya Pradesh Hospitals Red-Flag Oxygen Supply Issue

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Supply of oxygen cylinders has become a critical issue as a new Covid wave sweeps India (File)

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.

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