Gurdwara provides free oxygen as supplies dwindle in India
The medical oxygen shortage in India has become so dire that a Sikh house of worship is offering sessions with shared tanks to Covid-19 patients waiting for a hospital bed. People are arriving in cars, on foot or by taxi, desperate for a mask and tube attached to the precious oxygen tanks outside the gurdwara in a neighbourhood near the capital, New Delhi. After having largely tamed the virus last year, India is in the throes of the world’s worst coronavirus surge and many of the country’s hospitals are struggling to cope with shortages of beds, medicines and oxygen.
Volunteers from a Gurdwara, a Sikh place of worship, prepare oxygen cylinders for patients (Altaf Qadri/AP)
The gurdwara management has promised to provide free oxygen to patients until they can be admitted to a hospital.
Teams of volunteers check oxygen levels of newly arrived patients and provide what they need. The gurdwara started the initiative on Thursday evening, and by Friday evening had seen over 700 patients come through, reported The Hindu newspaper. Most hospitals in India are not equipped with independent plants that generate oxygen directly for patients, primarily because they require an uninterrupted power supply, which is a rarity in many states.
As a result, hospitals typically rely on liquid oxygen, which can be stored in cylinders and transported in cryogenic tankers. But, amid the surge, supplies in hard-hit places like New Delhi are running critically short.
India’s medical oxygen shortage has become so dire that this gurdwara began offering free breathing sessions (Altaf Qadri/AP)
Last year, India kept its hospitals sufficiently stocked by diverting oxygen from industries that were closed down by one of the world’s strictest virus lockdowns. As Indians were cooped up indoors for months, industrial tanks were repurposed for medical use and tanker trucks raced over empty motorways to transport oxygen across the vast country to hotspots.
But with the current wave, blamed on a highly contagious variant that has spread quickly and widely without the limiting benefit of a nationwide lockdown, the situation is different. Scores have died in hospitals in India’s capital amid suggestions that low oxygen supplies were to blame. Doctors have taken to social media to beg public authorities to get them resupplied, and the government has mobilised to bring oxygen supplies by train, plane and truck.
The demand for oxygen from hospitals has nearly tripled to 8,000 metric tons, the federal government told the Delhi High Court last week.
India’s total production was 7,500 metric tons of oxygen per day.
Most of the country’s oxygen production capacity is centred around industries, many of which are concentrated in India’s eastern states, while the current surge in infections is in the northern and western states.
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