In his affidavit filed earlier than the Supreme Courtroom on Friday, Gujarat chief secretary Anil Mukim said that there is no such thing as a enhance in oxygen allocation to Gujarat regardless of repeated requests to the Centre. He submitted, “The Authorities of India has not elevated the allocation to the state past 975MT and the identical has been creating large misery to the sufferers in search of hospitalization and oxygen remedy, leading to denial of medical therapy to the needy regardless of availability of beds and certified personnel in hospitals.”
Comparable phrases discovered place in Mukim’s request despatched on Could 5 to the Union dwelling secretary and he requested the Centre to extend allocation of medical oxygen to 1,200MT for that day and 1,400 MT for Could 12.
“Please admire the seriousness of the difficulty and kindly enhance the allocation on the earliest,” his letter reads. In it he talked about that wanting on the rise in Covid-19 instances and enhance in oxygen supported beds within the state, there might be a requirement of 1,600MT Oxygen in Gujarat on Could 15.
Mukim wrote that on April 26, Gujarat wanted 1,190MT oxygen as in opposition to provide of 975MT and it had requested for 190MT further provide on that day. On April 26, whole oxygen beds had been 53,913 (5,837 ICU with ventilator, 6,735 ICU with out ventilator, 41,341 NRBM/nasal cannula).
For final week, with a rise in Covid instances, whole oxygen beds went as much as 57,684 (6,429 ICU with ventilator, 7,154 ICU beds with out ventilator, 43,785 NRBM/nasal cannula) – a rise of 6.4% was witnessed.
Mukim additional wrote, “Accordingly, our requirement of oxygen has gone up from projected 1,250MT (April 30) to 1,400MT for in the present day (Could 5) and is prone to enhance to 1600 MT by Could fifteenth.”
He additional mentioned that regardless of mobilizing further sources, Gujarat is just not in a position to meet with rising demand for Oxygen and in consequence, it isn’t in a position to operationalize further 11,500 beds with oxygen line and medical staff “only for need of Oxygen”.
Mukim’s letter additionally mentioned that Covid-19 instances are rising in rural areas of Gujarat and oxygen scarcity is inflicting monumental misery leading to lengthy wait occasions for hospitalization.
On Could 6, Mukim wrote one other letter requesting the Centre to create a buffer inventory of minimal 400MT of liquid oxygen for Gujarat.
This was as a result of Gujarat witnessed two shutdowns – at Sriram Oxy in Bhavnagar on April 25, and Linde in Bharuch on April 27.
“With nice issue, the stress was mitigated. Nevertheless, ought to an identical disruption had been to occur once more, then that may have life threatening penalties,” his letter mentioned.