New Delhi: AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha on Tuesday said 41 hospitals that have around 7,000 people on oxygen support have alarmed Oxygen crisis to the Delhi government on May 3.The AAP leader said that the national capital received an average of 393 metric tonnes (MT) of oxygen a day last week against the requirement of 976 MT.
"Forty-one hospitals, with 7,142 people on oxygen support, sent SOS calls to the Delhi government on Monday," Mr Chadha said, adding that 'Team Kejriwal' promptly responded to all the SOS calls and delivered 21.3 MT of oxygen to these hospitals.
"Delhi received an average of 393 MT of oxygen a day last week against the requirement of 976 MT, " he added. He noted that 393 MT is just 40 per cent of the total demand.
While the city only received 44 per cent oxygen of the total requirement on Monday, several hospitals in the national capital continue to grapple with the shortage.
Meanwhile, according to the Delhi government bulletin, the average daily supply of oxygen is 393 MT. This is despite the centre having raised the daily supply quota to 590 MT.
On Friday, the Supreme Court has told Centre that it had a special responsibility towards Delhi and had warned that similar crisis were also developing in other parts of the countries as well.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also sought immediate intervention of both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to ensure uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen to the state on Tuesday.
He sought additional allocation of 50 metric tonnes (MT) liquid medical oxygen (LMO) from a nearby source and 20 additional tankers, preferably conducive to rail travel, for timely evacuation of LMO from Bokaro.
Besides Delhi and Punjab, Maharashtra has also complained Oxygen shortage and has demanded centre to supply at least 50 MT of medical oxygen to the state.