MUMBAI: Amid a shortage of oxygen cylinders, 11 Covid-19 deaths were reported in two private hospitals in Nalasopara in the Vasai taluka of Palghar district, Maharashtra, on Monday, reports Times of India.
While families of relatives blamed the lack of oxygen cylinders for the deaths, Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) officials said all deaths were not due to oxygen shortage.”The patients were critical when admitted to the hospitals,” the officials said.
While seven Covid-19 deaths were reported from the Vinayak hospital, four patients died at the Riddhi Vinayak hospital.
Both the hospitals are treating Covid patients.
Though the oxygen shortage begun since Friday, it got severe on Monday with families running around for oxygen cylinders.
Local social activists said the civic administration did not act on the oxygen shortage till Monday. Around 10 tonnes of oxygen was supplied to the VVMC on Monday evening from Raigad.
VVMC former mayor Rajiv Patil in an audio message circulated on social media on Monday said the oxygen cylinders are in short supply and enough to last only for three hours.While the VVMC on Monday reported two deaths (data released by 3pm), by late night the deaths had touched 11 in the two private hospitals.
There are total eight private hospitals and two civic hospitals for Covid patients in the region.
Patil attributed these deaths to the lack of oxygen cylinders.
Though civic officials did not confirm if the deaths were due to lack of oxygen, Nalasopara MLA Kshitij Thakur said he had sought a report from the civic medical officer.
He said there was a severe shortage of oxygen that was being supplied from Raigad.
The MLA said after he spoke to the concerned district officers, 10 tonnes of oxygen was transported to the Vasai-Virar region by Monday evening.
Doctors said the oxygen would not last for more than a day and the fresh stock would be needed soon.
Civic officials said, “Riddhivinayak hospital received 110 jumbo cylinders between Sunday and Monday. Vinayak hospital received 139 jumbo cylinders on Sunday”.