Delhi Oxygen Crisis: Arvind Kejriwal writes to all CMs, requests them for spare O2 amid shortage
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the acute shortage of medical oxygen to treat COVID-19 patients, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday wrote a letter to chief ministers and representatives of all states and union territories (UTs), asking them to supply spare oxygen to the national capital.
In his letter, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief noted that Delhi has no factory to produce medical oxygen, asking the chief ministers if they can help the national capital in "such a time".
"I am writing to all chief ministers requesting them to provide oxygen to Delhi, if they have spare. Though the central government is also helping us, the severity of corona is such that all available resources are proving inadequate," he said in a Tweet.
Delhi, which is the worst-hit city in India, has been reporting more than 20,000 coronavirus cases over the past few days, leading to a shortage of essential medical supplies, including oxygen, to treat patients.
Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CM Kejriwal have held several meetings with officials to discuss the situation in the national capital. The Centre has also increased the quota of Delhi's oxygen to from 378 metric tonnes to 480 metric tonnes.
"Delhi has been allotted more than the quota [oxygen] they had asked for, and Delhi CM even thanked the PM for that yesterday. Now, to rationalise the quota in a timely manner and the responsibility to finely plan it lies with the state government," Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan was quoted as saying news agency ANI.
Meanwhile, 20 COVID-19 patients at Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi on Saturday lost their lives due to lack of oxygen. On Friday, 25 "sickest" patients in Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital had also lost their lives amid oxygen shortage.
Amid this, the Delhi High Court on Saturday asked the Centre and the Delhi government to coordinate on the issue of making available medical oxygen to hospitals treating COVID-19 patients, observing that citizens cannot be left to die.
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