HYDERABAD: In a tragic incident, at least seven people died due to inadequate oxygen supply. The incident took place at the King Koti Hospital, a dedicated COVID facility of Telangana state government on Sunday.
According to reports, the oxygen tank at the King Koti hospital showed low pressure at around 3 pm on Sunday. An oxygen tanker truck that was supposed to arrive at the hospital by 3 pm to refill the tank arrived late as the driver had reportedly lost his way near Jadcherla.
Narayanaguda Police swung into action and traced the truck and further guided the driver to the hospital. Narayanaguda Inspector G.Bhupati said that the tanker reached the hospital around 3.30 pm. By then, nearly seven patients had died.
According to reports, four COVID-19 patients died in the ICU A ward whereas two died in the ICU-B ward and another patient who was in isolation ward breathed his last as the oxygen levels had dropped. It is said that the deceased were in between 35 to 45 years of age.
The Superintendent of the King Koti hospital, Dr Rajendranath speaking to an English portal said, "The tanker carrying oxygen arrived late to the hospital. We have provided oxygen from the buffer stock. For some time, the oxygen cylinders and oxygen concentrators were also provided. The flow of oxygen had decreased, when the filling of oxygen was taking place. The deaths may not be totally due to the gap of oxygen supply."
The Telangana state government is taking all the measures to supply the medical oxygen to the hospitals. But ever since the coronavirus pandemic started, the opposition party leaders are claiming that the ruling TRS government has failed in tackling the situation and is hiding the actual figures.