Bihar: Demand for oxygen in government and private hospitals increase three times

Sushant Ranjan

Patna, April 25, 2021: After the increase in the number of coronavirus patients, the demand for oxygen in government and private hospitals has increased three times more than before. There was a demand of two thousand litres of oxygen per day in hospitals 15 days ago, but now it has increased to six thousand litres per day. The administration says that as much demand is there, the supply is being ensured.

However, there is still a shortage of oxygen for serious patients living in home isolation and private hospitals. Families of serious patients living in home isolation have been lurking around for oxygen cylinders. Private hospitals are also refusing to admit patients citing lack of oxygen.

In Patna, oxygen is being supplied regularly from three agencies from Jamshedpur and Bokaro. Approximately 6000 litres are being supplied daily from all three agencies. Another agency has been selected from where the supply has been started. However, when demand for home isolation and private hospitals surges, demand has quadrupled.

3200 patients are admitted to hospitals

Coronavirus infected 3200 patients who are admitted to various hospitals in Patna are on oxygen support. All patients need oxygen, which is why the demand has increased. Demand for 900 cylinders alone is in NMCH COVID Dedicated hospital. There are 371 patients admitted in the ICU of NMCH. 61 private hospitals in Patna have been selected for the treatment of patients infected with the coronavirus.

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