Bengaluru: Twenty four patients died at a government hospital in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar on Sunday after the oxygen supply dropped, officials said.
“The deaths were reported after there was a fall in oxygen supply between 12 am to 2 am on Sunday night,” a senior official at the hospital said.
At least 144 patients are being treated at the hospital, he added.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has spoken to the district collector about the incident and called an emergency Cabinet meeting for tomorrow (Tuesday). State Home Minister Basavaraja Bommai, meanwhile, has asked the DGP-IGP Praveen Sood to investigate the matter and submit a comprehensive report for further action.
Mysuru MP, Pratap Simha, said, “Last night, when media people drew my attention to the situation of oxygen shortage in Chamarajnagar district, I myself contacted DC Ravi and took a conference call with ADC who is in charge of oxygen. At night itself I contacted Southern Gas and they provided 15 cylinders. Before that also we had given from the quota. Despite all this, this sad incident occurred. Chamarajnagar is not some far away place. We feel it is part of us. We are part of their sorrow.”
The district has recorded a total of 11,928 cases of COVID-19 infection since the beginning of the pandemic in January 2020. At least 167 people have died since then due to the virus.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, in a tweet, hit out at the state government over its handling of the crisis.
Several hospitals across the country have been reporting a shortage of oxygen, with many patients losing lives due to this.
Karnataka reported 37,733 fresh COVID-19 cases, 21,149 recoveries, and 217 deaths in the past 24 hours. The number of active cases in the state stands at 4,21,436 with 11,64,398 recoveries.