On Tuesday, atleast 26 COVID-19 patients died at the state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) following a shortfall in the supply of medical oxygen.
According to news agency PTI, Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane sought an investigation by the High Court to find out the exact cause of deaths.
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who visited GMCH, said the gap between the “availability of medical oxygen and its supply to COVID-19 wards in the GMCH might have caused some issues for the patients.
However, he stressed that there is no scarcity of oxygen supply in the state.
The BJP Chief Minister said there was no death of medical oxygen and cylinders in the state but the problem arises sometimes as these cylinders do not reach their destinations on time.
“The high court should investigate the reasons behind these deaths. The HC should also intervene and prepare a white paper on oxygen supply to the GMCH, which would help to set the things right,” the PTI quoted health minister as saying.
According to the health minister, medical oxygen requirement of the facility as of Monday was 1,200 jumbo cylinders of which only 400 were supplied.
“If there’s a shortfall in the supply of medical oxygen, the discussion should be held about how to bridge that gap,” he said.