Prayagaraj: The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday took note of people begging for medical oxygen on social media and said that covid-19 patients dying due to its scarcity is a "no less than genocide" by the authorities responsible to ensure that the supply is maintained.
Observing the situation of the country grappling with the fear of virus with thousands of people dying everyday, the high court said that deaths of patients due to non-supply of oxygen is a 'criminal act' and a 'genocide' on part of people entrusted with managing the proper supply.
"We are at pain in observing that the death of Covid patients just for non-supplying of oxygen to the hospitals is a criminal act and not less than a genocide by those who have been entrusted the task to ensure continuous procurement and supply chain of the liquid medical oxygen," read an order passed by the Allahabad high court bench of Justice Ajit Kumar and Justice Siddhartha Varma.
The Allahabad High Court took stock of reports of shortage of medical oxygen due to rise in Covid-19 infections.
The bench also observed the rampant hoarding of oxygen cylinders and harassment of citizens who are desperately in need of them.
The court pointed out that, "The news went viral that five patients had died in ICU of a new trauma centre of Medical College, Meerut on Sunday last. Similarly, news was also being viralled that one Sun Hospital in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow and another private hospital at Meerut had taken their hands off the admitted Covid patients only because oxygen supply was not made even after demand. We find these news items showing a quite contrary picture to one claimed by the Government that there was sufficient supply of oxygen."
The social media, particularly Twitter and Instagram, is full of people crying shortage of oxygen cylinder with many with significant following amplifying requests of medical oxygen from all across the country.