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Tuesday, 22 June 2021 2.00 AM IST

Eight covid patients die due to lack of oxygen days after UP govt's claim of no shortages

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AGRA: India is witnessing an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases and the state of Uttar Pradesh is no exception. Days after UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's statement that the state had no shortage of medical supplies, eight patients died at a hospital in Agra owing to the lack of medical oxygen.

Seven to eight coronavirus patients died at Paras Hospital in Agra due to a shortage of medical oxygen. We have alerted the district administration about the same, said hospital employee Tanu Chaturvedi.

District Magistrate, Agra, Prabhu Singh said there was a shortage of medical oxygen in the last 24 hours but the same will be resolved soon. The sudden spike in the number of patients led to a surge in demand, adds Prabhu Singh.

Hospitals in the city of Agra have started putting up posters outside their premises stating the non-availability of beds for Covid-19 patients. Several hospitals even put up notices asking family members of patients to arrange their own oxygen cylinders. "Those who care for their loved ones must bring their own oxygen cylinders," says one such notice.

'People will die if oxygen not supplied'

The management of the Prabha Hospital in Agra is handing out empty cylinders and a letter to the kin of coronavirus patients. Inside the letter is a plea meant for the oxygen filling station.

We have about 100 patients and all of them need oxygen and oxygen is running on high flow, said the in-charge of Prabha Hospital. "People will die if the medical oxygen is not supplied," says the in-charge.

Zarikha Khan, the manager of Bhagwati Hospital on the National Highway, says family members of Covid-19 patients have been informed that the hospital has no supply of medical oxygen left. We are not getting oxygen cylinders despite multiple calls and emails to the administration, she said.

"We have told family members to take patients to wherever they can find medical oxygen," said Zarikha Khan.

Couldn't find Remdesivir injections even on black market

Hospitals in Agra are also facing a shortage of Remdesivir injections. Those looking for it could not find Remdesivir either at pharmacies or at the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendra outlets.

Dheeraj had been searching for Remdesivir injections for his father Prem Singh since morning but could not find it. The government says there are many injections but we could not even find them on the black market, says Poonam, who has been searching for a Remdesivir injection for her mother.

Agra DM Prabhu Singh says the city has more than 4,000 active cases but there is no shortage of hospital beds. Our data shows there are 2,000 vacant beds, he adds.

The administration will provide those in need with hospital beds and medical oxygen, assures the District Magistrate.

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