A children’s hospital in Delhi sent out a desperate appeal for help on Twitter this morning and said it was running out of medical oxygen, a day after the national capital witnessed a tragedy when 12 people, including a doctor, died due to oxygen shortage at Batra Hospital. Tens of thousands of fresh infections added to the national capital’s caseload in the last few weeks have overburdened the hospitals that are now scrambling for resources.
About an hour after the Madhukar Rainbow Children’s Hospital in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar sent out an SOS, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party’s Raghav Chadha said five oxygen cylinders have been arranged for the hospital.
“We request consistent supply of Liquid Oxygen at Madhukar Rainbow Children’s Hospital, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi #Oxygen #SOS #COVIDEmergency @raghav_chadha @rashtrapatibhvn @CMODelhi @LtGovDelhi @attorneybharti @PMOIndia @aajtak @ndtv @CNN @tehseenp @TOIIndiaNews @DOJPH,” a tweet shared by the hospital this morning read.
In another post, shared at around 10:20 AM, the hospital said: “We have Liquid Oxygen Supply till 12 Noon today.”
We have Liquid Oxygen Supply till 12 Noon today at Madhukar Rainbow Children Hospital, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi. #SOS#Childrenhospital#DelhiCovid#DelhiHighCourt@ArvindKejriwal@drharshvardhan@IMAIndiaOrg@UNICEFIndiahttps://t.co/EYZpC9oxn9
— Rainbow Children’s Hospitals (@RCH_India) May 2, 2021
Shortly after, speaking to NDTV, Raghav Chadha said: “We have organised five big, deep-dive oxygen cylinders from our facility in Rajghat. It should reach them soon. We are in touch with the children’s hospital regularly and have been servicing their requests for the last 5-6 days.”
We have arranged five D Type oxygen cylinders for Rainbow Children’s Hospital, from our Rajghat Response Point. The Govt’s oxygen reserves are extremely limited due to reduced oxygen supply to Delhi, but we are doing everything possible to avert any untoward incident. https://t.co/lxlnd2o697
— Raghav Chadha (@raghav_chadha) May 2, 2021
On Saturday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, condoling the 12 deaths at Batra Hospital, said: “This news is very painful. Their lives could have been saved… by giving oxygen, Delhi should be given its quota (of oxygen, so) such deaths are not seen anymore. Delhi required 976 tonnes and yesterday only 312 was given. How can Delhi breathe?” he asked.