The National Capital is treating thousands of Covid-19 patients and is facing scarcity of oxygen. The Delhi High Court on Wednesday questioned the Centre that why it is unaware of the reality and directed it to provide oxygen by any means to the hospitals.
Plea of High Court For Oxygen Scarcity
Currently, Balaji Medical and Research Centre had filed a plea that stated if the supply of oxygen is not replenished immediately, then the lives of patients who are critical and on oxygen support will be endangered. The bench of Justices directed the Centre to provide oxygen to all the hospitals by hook or by crook, even if it means entire production from industries is diverted for medical use. The Court said, “We direct Central Government to protect the right to life of citizens who are seriously ill and require medical oxygen and to supply the same by whatever means it is required”.
Is The Policy of The Government a Total Failure?
In March, the country that boasted of being the world’s pharmacy discovers a month later that it didn’t have enough oxygen in hospitals to deal with the deadly wave of Covid-19. Last October, the capital had floated a tender to set up oxygen plants in district hospitals but a serious probe into the matter showed that the vendor that won the contracts never showed their will to fulfil them. The judges noted that if the uncontrolled spread of the deadly virus results in “extended lockdown and closures, the purpose of full production of steel and petroleum products would be of no avail, as their consumption is bound to fall in that scenario”.
TPT Policy Advocacy and Recommendations
- India has reached such a state where the demand for oxygen due to the second wave of the pandemic has become a serious issue. Patients are deprived of oxygen in the hospitals. The tragedy of Italy’s struggle with oxygen supplies at the peak of its infections early last year must have triggered an alarm over the oxygen crisis in India’s hospitals.
- The demand for medical oxygen skyrocketed in India as the second wave of Covid-19 hit with blistering force in March. The infected patients are left gasping for breath as the hospitals are facing a large-scale scarcity of medical oxygen. The Centre needs to do serious planning to save the lives of the patients. Medical oxygen manufacturing units must be set up at all the hospitals treating the Covid-19 patients.