Delhi Asks For More Oxygen, Reports Crisis Of ICU Beds Too

On the other hand, Supreme Court asked the Centre to present a national plan on the supply of oxygen, essential drugs today.

Amid a shortage of medical oxygen in the national capital, the centre yesterday hiked Delhi’s oxygen quota, but still, there are several hospitals in the city which are crying for immediate oxygen supply.

“Delhi is facing an oxygen crisis for the past few days. Centre fixes oxygen quota for all states. As per the Delhi government’s estimate, the union territory needs 700 tonnes/day, the central government had fixed it to 378 tonnes earlier and increased it to 480 tons yesterday. We need more but we’re thankful to them for this,” said Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

In our increased quota, Oxygen is scheduled to come from Odisha too. So it will take some time for Oxygen to reach Delhi. We are making an effort to see if we can bring Oxygen from there by air route said Kejriwal.

Meanwhile, there is a crisis of ICU beds’ says Delhi health minister, Satyendar Jain.

On Thursday he pointed out a crisis in ICU beds, as well, and said, “There is a crisis of ICU beds. We have made a request to the Centre, I think they will give us 700-800 more ICU beds soon. We have demanded 7,000 beds in the central government-run hospitals, they have given us around 2,000.”

On the other hand, Supreme Court asked the Centre to present a national plan on the supply of oxygen, essential drugs today.

The Supreme Court has taken suo motu cognizance on supply of oxygen, supply of essential drugs, method of vaccination and the judicial power to declare lockdown and asks the center to present a national plan after noting at least six different high courts have been hearing the matter with their own priorities.

Sr adv Harish Salve has been appointed as amicus curiae in the matter. SC will hear the suo motu matter tomorrow.

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