An oxygen cylinder exploded in the house of a Covid-19 patient in Kokri Vehnival village in Moga district, killing a 19-year-old ambulance driver, police said on Tuesday.
Satnam Singh, the driver, had just returned from a private hospital with the patient and was testing the cylinder in the house when the blast occurred late Monday night. The patient was in the ambulance at the time and was unharmed.“The elderly patient was on oxygen support in a private hospital in Moga,” Satnam’s father, Avtar Singh, said. He was referred to a level-3 hospital when his health began to deteriorate. The family, on the other hand, wanted to bring him home.”
“My son was assigned the task of driving him back home. Once there, the patient requested my son to check the oxygen cylinder as there was no technical staff of the hospital with him. The cylinder exploded in the process and my young son died on the spot,” he said.
Avtar Singh was with relatives at the civil hospital in Moga to recover the body following the post-mortem.
In Punjab, it is illegal to store oxygen cylinders at home. On Monday, state health minister Balbir Singh Sidhu announced that patients recovering from Covid-19 would be given oxygen concentrators to use at home on the advice of a doctor.
Patients in home isolation are not permitted to use oxygen cylinders. They will be taken to the hospital for oxygen.
The case was being investigated by Deputy Superintendent of Police (City) Barjinder Singh, who was at the civil hospital. He said, “I have told the sub divisional magistrate and station house officer of the concerned police station to take further action.”