Covid: Four positive patients die in Jammu’s Batra hospital

Family blames shortage of oxygen; Not true; deaths happened due to medical reasons

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Jammu : Notwithstanding the claims of administration of ample oxygen supply, four Covid patients admitted in Jammu’s Acharaya Shri Chander, College of Medical Sciences (Batra Hospital) died on Saturday allegedly due to non-availability of proper oxygen, a charge rejected by the hospital administration.
Reports said situation in Batra Hospital turned chaotic when four Covid positive patients allegedly died for want of Oxygen support. Attendants of the deceased patients, blamed hospital administration and government for callousness and created ruckus in the hospital premises.
Taking to media men, attendants of deceased alleged that hospital didn’t have required oxygen support for the patients due to which situation inside wards became suicidal.
“Our loved ones died due to shortage of oxygen supply and hospital authorities kept hiding the cause of death,” they alleged.
A hospital official on the condition of anonymity said Batra hospital requires 350 oxygen cylinders daily for treatment of Covid patients but the supply got affected and there was shortage of oxygen since late night. Two of four patient died of oxygen shortage while other two due to medical reasons,” he said.
However, the Principal of Batra hospital Dr Pawan Malhotra admitted that there was shortage of oxygen but now the hospital got the supply within 3-4 hours of shortage.
“We just got 60 cylinders and situation immediately came under control as we could run the support for 3 more hours,” Dr Pawan told media men.
“I talked to divisional commissioner Jammu and after his intervention we got supply,” he said.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir government denied the chargers of oxygen shortage in Batra hospital and claimed that death of four patients took place because of routine medical reasons.
The Government statement read: “4 deaths reported in Batra Hospital, Jammu Saturday occurred because of routine medical reasons, not because of shortage of oxygen”.
It further said that as far as oxygen supply to Batra hospital is concerned, 253 oxygen cylinders (7 cum each) were supplied to the hospital in the last 24 hours and regular replenishment is being undertaken as per requirement raised. “The supply of oxygen is being closely monitored. While there is increasing demand due to increase in number of Covid patients, no patient has died due to shortage of supply of oxygen. Please don’t pay heed to rumors,” the statement said


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