Punjab recorded 6 deaths due to oxygen shortage at start of Covid second wave, says CM Amarinder Singh


Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has said that six deaths occurred at a private hospital in Amritsar when there was an oxygen shortage “right at the beginning” of the second wave of Covid-19.

Six deaths occurred at a private hospital in Amritsar due to oxygen shortage during the second wave of Covid-19, as per the chief minister of Punjab. (Photo: PTI file)

Six deaths occurred at a private hospital in Amritsar due to oxygen shortage during the second wave of Covid-19, as per the chief minister of Punjab. (Photo: PTI file)

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has said that six deaths occurred at a private hospital in Amritsar when there was an oxygen shortage “right at the beginning” of the second wave of Covid-19.

“At the time, we produced 70 tonnes of oxygen and required 300 tonnes. Now we produce 400 tonnes of oxygen. There’s no problem now,” the chief minister said on Wednesday.

This comes a day after a top government official said that Punjab was the only state in India that had reported ‘suspected’ deaths due to oxygen shortage during the second wave so far. Now, the Centre has also informed Parliament that a few patients died in Andhra Pradesh due to the oxygen crisis.

CENTRE ASKS STATES FOR DATA ON OXYGEN SHORTAGE DEATHS

On July 20, while responding to a question in the Rajya Sabha, the Centre stated that no deaths due to lack of oxygen had been specifically reported in any state or union territory of India during the second wave of Covid-19.

This led to immense backlash from Opposition parties. The Centre stated that health is a state subject and wrote to states and union territories seeking data on deaths due to oxygen shortage during the second wave. The information was to be collated and presented in Parliament before the end of the Monsoon session on August 13, as per sources.

According to officials, 13 states and UTs including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab had responded to the state’s query as of Tuesday.

Of these, Punjab was the only one that reported four ‘suspected’ deaths due to oxygen shortage.

During the devastating second wave of Covid-19 in India, oxygen shortages were reported at various hospitals across the country.

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