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Maharashtra begins rationing of oxygen to covid patients as short supply leads to higher deaths
The rationing of oxygen to covid patients in Maharashtra is at the rate of 12 litres per minute per patient in the ICU and 7 litres per minute per patient in the wards while the doctors assert that a covid patient on ICU/ventilator requires about 80 litres per minute several times a day. The Government claims there is no shortage in production. But short supply reportedly led to higher deaths.

MUMBAI, Sept 23: The shortage of oxygen in hospitals treating coronavirus patients in Maharashtra, especially the rural areas, has become acute over the past 15 days as the number of covid patients has gone up rapidly and lack of oxygen is leading to more casualties.

The Government has started rationing of oxygen to coronavirus patients at the rate of 12 litres per minute per patient in the ICU and 7 litres per minute per patient in the wards, while, according to the IMA, a patient in the ICU requires 80 litres of the life-saver per minute several times a day. Those who are on high-flow nasal needs 30 to 60 litres. And the requiremet of oxygen in the State is three times that of the national average. Currently 600 metric tons of oxygen is being consumed by patients and the production is 1,000 metric tons a day, the Government said.

The Government order is the "biggest, brutal attack on the lives of patients," said the Indian Medical Association State unit.

According to data, in the 20 days the number of active patients in Maharashtra increased by 53 per cent, 15 per cent of the active patients are on oxygen support, while the national average is 5%. The consequent shortage of oxygen reportedly led to higher deaths.

There are allegations of blackmarketing of oxygen even as the supply has dropped to 60% of the requirement, according to the State IMA. Pune, Solapur, Satara, Osmanabad, Thane and Kolhapur are the worst hit.

There are five manufacturers in the State and supplies to hospitals are undertaken by 80 refillers. The price pre-covid days was Rs 20 per cubic metre which is now sold to hospitals at Rs 50. A patient who is in critical condition needs 14 cubic metres a day. There are around 10,000 patients in critical condition in various hospitals in the State.

The crisis has led to an increased number of covid deaths. There are over one million covid cases and 29,000 people have died. Maharashtra is the worst hit State in the country.

The Government has claimed that the shortage of oxygen was due to logistics like shortage of trucks. There were only 162 trucks to supply oxygen to covid centres even as the cases surged. The 70 nitrogen trucks and 70 argon trucks were being refitted to supply oxygen but it would take five days to modify the trucks, it was explained. The Government claimed production was never an issue. The plants are located in Raigad and Pune.

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