Karnataka govt’s 45% oxygen shortage forecast is alarming, says HC | Bengaluru News – Times of India
BENGALURU: The Karnataka high court on Tuesday described as ‘alarming’ the state’s 45% shortfall in projected requirement of liquid medical oxygen for treating Covid-19 patients by April 30, 2021. The court expressed concern over the availability of Covid beds and Remdesivir drug in the state.
According to a memo submitted by the state to the court, Karnataka will require 1,471 metric tonnes of oxygen to cater to 3,24,944 active cases by April 30, as against its daily production capacity of 812 metric tonnes, a shortfall of over 650 tonnes.
A special division bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Aravind Kumar directed the Centre to take immediate steps for supplying 802 metric tonnes a day of allocated oxygen to Karnataka, in terms of the April 24, 2021 communication addressed to principal secretaries of all the states. As on April 25, the state required 1,142 metric tonnes of oxygen to cater to 2,52,367 active cases and the central government had agreed to allocate 802 metric tonnes per day, the memo said.
Only 50% oxygen needs being fulfilled: Pvt hosps
Dr HM Prasanna, president of Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association, submit- ted before the court that only 50% of oxygen requirement and 25% Remdesivir needs of private hospitals were being fulfilled by the additional drugs controller. The court took exception to the state adding only one ICU, 27 ventilator and 290 HDU beds for Covid treatment in the past four days.
Observing there is only a marginal increase in ICU beds since its previous hearing on Friday, the bench asked the advocate-general and central government counsel to speak to the authorities to get beds from Command Hospital and other hospitals maintained by the army. The bench noted that the city, as on Tuesday, had 3,490 high-dependency units, 418 ventilator and 497 ICU beds for Covid treatment, as against 3,180 HDUs, 391 ventilator and 496 ICU beds on the last date of hearing.