Karnataka Hospital Oxygen Shortage Kills 24, Indian Government Denies

Some 24 patients have died at a hospital in Karnataka, India due to an alleged shortage of oxygen, including COVID-19 patients.

The incident happened at a district hospital in Chamarajanagar wherein at least 144 patients were being treated.

Chamrajnagar Deputy Commissioner Dr. M R Ravi however, denied the allegations that the deaths happened due to the lack of oxygen.

“There were 24 deaths at the hospital, not all at the same time. 14 people died between Sunday morning to midnight, three patients died between 12 and 3 a.m. Between 3 a.m. and Monday morning, seven more patients died,” he said.

“There was oxygen shortage at 10:30 p.m. which was sorted by getting 60 oxygen cylinders from Mysore. 60 more cylinders arrived on Monday morning. The district has a requirement of 300-350 cylinders which is not being fulfilled,” he added.

Chamarajanagar district in-charge Minister S Suresh Kumar said that he has ordered a death audit report from the district administration into the incident.

“The deputy commissioner has said that the deaths were due to other comorbidities and not due to lack of oxygen supply. I am visiting the hospital to get more details,” the minister added.

The state’s Covid tally stood at 1,601,865 while there were 421,436 active cases.

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