In the last four days, seventy-four patients have died at the Goa Medical College and Hospital, the state’s largest Covid facility, all reportedly due to a shortage of medical oxygen.
According to former Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai, whose Goa Forward Party was allied with the ruling BJP before leaving last month over “anti-Goan policies,” Thirteen people died between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Friday.
On Thursday morning about the same time, 15 people died. Twenty people died the day before, on Wednesday, and 26 people died on Tuesday, all between 2 and 6 a.m.
The state told the Bombay High Court’s Goa bench. that logistic issues involved in manoeuvring tractor which carries trolleys of oxygen, and in connecting cylinders to manifold.
The Goa bench is hearing petitions about the state’s response to the pandemic and slammed the government on Thursday, claiming that Covid patients should not be allowed to die due to logistical issues.
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The court also ordered hospital and state officials to file a status report by 7 p.m. today, which will provide information on the availability of oxygen as well as tanks, concentrators, and drivers.