Bengaluru Hospitals Out of Oxygen Supply

Hospitals in Bengaluru city in India has now reported a shortage in oxygen supply as the city reported nearly 100,000 total cases on Sunday.

Out of the 36, 556 additional coronavirus cases in Karnataka state, 24, 197 were recorded from Bengaluru over the weekend. 

Dr. Prasanna H M, president of Private Hospitals and Nursing Home Associations said that the shortage in oxygen supply was mostly from Bengaluru, he told The Indian Express. 

“The list included 56 hospitals, with most of them from Bengaluru and some from other districts like Kalaburagi and Ballari. While the government says oxygen production is optimal, they should ensure that it reaches the refillers (vendors) who distribute the same to the medical sector as well, especially in the current situation,” he added. 

The doctor also said that medical workers have now resorted to purchasing oxygen from the black market to ensure sufficient supply. 

Meanwhile, Karnataka health minister Dr. Sudhakar K in a tweet maintained that the oxygen supply was enough saying, “There are 7 medical oxygen production plants in Karnataka with a daily production capacity of 812 tonnes, while the medical oxygen utilised on Saturday was about 272.61 tonnes.”

“So I appeal to everyone to not create unnecessary panic about shortage of medical oxygen in the state,” the minister said on Sunday. 

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