The Union Health Ministry has admitted for the first time that there were some deaths due to lack of oxygen in Andhra Pradesh, when India was facing the deadly second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has admitted for the first time that there were some deaths due to lack of oxygen in Andhra Pradesh, when India was facing the deadly second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response to a question asked by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Rajya Sabha member Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar, the Union Health Ministry said, "As per the communication of the State Government of Andhra Pradesh dated 9 August 2021, on May 10 some patients at Sri Venkateswara Ramnarayan Ruia Hospital who were on ventilator Was on support, died during Covid-19 treatment."
In a written response, Minister of State (MoS) for Health Bharti Pawar said, "As per the preliminary investigation incident report, it appears to have resulted from the lag between leveling the 10KL oxygen tank and commissioning of the backup manifold system of this hospital. There is a drop in pressure in the oxygen lines."
The reply comes weeks after MoS Pawar denied any deaths due to lack of oxygen as reported from the states. The Union Health Ministry has written to the states and union territories, specifically asking about the deaths due to lack of oxygen.
"So far, we have received a reply from 12 states denying any deaths, though the state of Punjab has put 4 deaths in the 'doubtful category'," a health ministry official said on condition of anonymity.
MoS Pawar said that health is a state subject, adding that the Government of India has provided necessary technical assistance and through logistics and financial assistance to further strengthen the existing health infrastructure to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. supported by the states.