Just in time! Oxygen tanker arrives at GTB hospital in Delhi amid severe shortage, helps save 500 lives


An Oxygen Tanker Reached Delhi GTB Hospital at 1.30am Today & nbsp | & nbspPhoto credit: & nbspTwitter


  • A record 28,395 coronavirus cases and 277 deaths were reported in Delhi on Tuesday
  • COVID-19 infection positivity rate in nation’s capital climbed to 32.82%

New Delhi: Hours after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Health Minister Satyendar Jain sounded the lack of oxygen alarm, an oxygen tanker arrived at GTB hospital just in time to save many lives from the deadly COVID-19.

According to reports, more than 500 critical COVID-19 patients were being treated at GTB Hospital in Delhi and the oxygen supply is not expected to last beyond 2 a.m.

However, the tanker truck loaded with medical oxygen arrived at the hospital at 1:30 a.m. in the wee hours of Wednesday and helped save those 500 patients.

Prior to the arrival of the oxygen tanker, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain sent an SOS to Union Minister Piyush Goyal at 10:20 pm in Yesterdau, saying that “oxygen at GTB hospital cannot last more than 4 hours ”.

“Over 500 corona patients on oxygen. Help @PiyushGoyal restore oxygen supply to prevent major crisis,” he tweeted.

There are reports that some major government and private hospitals in Delhi received a new supply of medical oxygen in the early hours of Wednesday, averting a just-in-time crisis.

Gangaram hospital received 5,000 cubic meters of oxygen from a private supplier before 3 a.m. This stock is expected to last until Wednesday afternoon. Another company’s supply of oxygen is still pending, sources said.

Dr Suresh Kumar, medical director of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, said a truck carrying oxygen from a vendor reached the facility around 3 a.m.

Ambedkar hospital received a new supply of oxygen at 5 a.m., which officials say can take up to 24 hours.


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