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Rajasthan: Oxygen shortage in districts rising | Jaipur News

JAIPUR: Several districts are facing oxygen shortage and are unable to meet the growing demand in hospitals. Currently, the district oxygen committees are not allowed to allocate cylinders more than the number of oxygen beds leading to scarcity.
Baran district is getting 248 refuelled cylinders daily from Chittorgarh, while the number of patients have surpassed 300. In Hanumangarh district, the quota of 100 cylinders per day for the last seven days ended on Wednesday.
Baran CHMO Dr Sampath Raj Nagar told TOI they had a quota of 248 daily cylinders seven days ago. “Every district has to provide an estimate of oxygen cylinder requirement in advance for seven days. Our reserve estimates considering the mean increase in the number of cases and recoveries is 280-300. Anything below the figure would create a problem for us,” said Nagar.
The mismatch in demand and supply, if not corrected, in the coming days can be problematic for patients with severe condition. The state rule says that every district has to form an oxygen supply committee that will access the requirement and inform the state government. A medical staff requesting anonymity said they have to discharge patients soon after they show the first signs of recovery, maintaining normal oxygen level for some hours, to allow a critical patient to occupy the space.
Raising an alarm on the ending quota, CMHO Hanumangarh Dr Navneet Sharma said they had been getting 100 cylinders every day from Ganganagar for the past six days and their quota of 700 cylinders will end on Thursday. “In our letter raising the demand for the next seven days, we have written it to increase it by 50 since the rise in positive cases is steady,” said Sharma.
A doctor said they were struggling to meet the oxygen requirement since April 15. “The assessment we give to the CMHO office has often been reduced. Until oxygen is available in excess in every hospital, rightful treatment is not feasible,” said a doctor.

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