In the past four days, 75 patients have died at the Goa Medical College and Hospital due to “logistic issues” in the supply of medical oxygen. Days after the deaths, an oxygen tank with a capacity of 20,000 litres is being installed at the state’s largest COVID facility, said CM Pramod Sawant on May 14.
Mr Sawant tweeted, “To ensure seamless oxygen supply and reduce dependence on the trolley system we have started the installation of 20,000 thousand litres of Medical Oxygen tank at Goa medical college. The tank would be made operational on a war footing.”
The Health Secretary in his report mentioned that two Dura cylinders of oxygen were installed at the hospital, and their performance had been observed over 12 hours of high demand at night. “It may be concluded that while Dura cylinders were useful in helping prolong the duration of the oxygen supply from a given trolley, they do not act as an alternative,” the Secretary submitted. They, however, help reduce the change over time, he said.
The matter came to light after Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on May 11 informed that 26 COVID-19 patients died due to the lack of oxygen. The government on May 13 informed that 3 members of the committee have been formed to inquire oxygen supply issue in GMCH.
Meanwhile, opposition parties are demanding that the BJP government should pay compensation to families of the Covid-19 patients who died at GMCH due to oxygen issues.
Goa reports 2455 new COVID-19 cases, 2960 recoveries and 61 deaths as per May 14 evening update.