Delhi Hospital Runs Out Of Oxygen, Police Step In To Help

The two oxygen tankers were stuck in Noida and Faridabad due to the night curfew in Delhi.

Delhi Hospital Runs Out Of Oxygen, Police Step In To Help

The issue was soon resolved, and oxygen supply was reinstated at the Balaji hospital.

New Delhi:

The Delhi Police organised a Green Corridor on Monday night to clear the way for two oxygen tankers heading to a hospital in Paschim Vihar that had almost run out of oxygen. The Action Balaji hospital has 235 Covid patients who were left without any oxygen support until the tankers arrived.

The two tankers, one carrying 14,000 litres of oxygen and the other, 5,500 litres, were stuck in Noida and Faridabad due to the night curfew in Delhi.

Delhi Police also helped send more oxygen tankers to other hospitals with a shortage.

10 oxygen cylinders were sent to Saroj Hospital, 15 to Agrasen Hospital, five to ILBS Vasant Kunj and 10 to Fortis hospital as the capital battles an acute shortage of oxygen.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday alleged that the Centre has reduced Delhi's quota of medical oxygen and diverted it to other states.

"Oxygen has become an emergency in Delhi," Mr Kejriwal tweeted joining the list of other states that have flagged shortage of supplies.

Delhi has been registering a grim rise in coronavirus cases with over 23,000 infections on Monday. The capital also recorded 240 deaths - the highest in the city since the pandemic began a year ago.

Mr Kejriwal has announced a six-day lockdown in Delhi till Monday morning calling it necessary with the city's resources at a breaking point in an escalating Covid crisis.

"The six-day lockdown will help us arrange more beds and supplies," the Chief Minister said. Only essential services will be allowed this week in the capital.