A national plan needed to deal with oxygen shortage: CM Kejriwal to PM Modi

At a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal suggested that the Centre should take over all oxygen plants through Army, reports PTI.

Kejriwal on Friday highlighted the acute oxygen crisis in hospitals in the Capital during the meeting.

“We fear big tragedy may happen due to lack of oxygen for patients, national plan needed to deal with situation,” says Kejriwal.

He added: “There’s a huge shortage of oxygen in Delhi. Will people of Delhi not get oxygen if there is no oxygen-producing plant here? Please suggest whom should I speak to in central government when an oxygen tanker destined for Delhi is stopped in another state.”

Over the last few days, several hospitals in the capital city have said that they were in crisis as they were running out of oxygen.

On Friday morning, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi said 25 coronavirus patients have died at the facility due to the oxygen shortage.

Two hospitals – Max Hospitals and Saroj Super Specialty Hospital – have already moved the Delhi High Court in the past two days, seeking urgent assistance to sort out the crisis.

Modi held a virtual meeting with the chief ministers of 10 states. The meeting was attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, NITI Aayog health member VK Paul, union ministers Piyush Goyal and Harsh Vardhan.

Among the chief ministers who attended the conference were Kejriwal, Maharashtra’s Uddhav Thackeray, Rajasthan’s Ashok Gehlot, Karnataka’s BS Yediyurappa and Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan.