Oxygen Crisis in India

Shocking news HT April 25th 2021

There is a huge and very serious issue when a nation faces a shortage of such a basic and essential thing like Oxygen.

Then we have the threats that follow:

Threats

This is happening in the Capital city of India, Delhi.

Huge surge in COVID-19 cases. HT April 25th 2021

Here is the headline in todays HT

The Delhi high court on Saturday asked the Centre and the Delhi government about their preparedness to deal with the peak of the second Covid-19 wave expected by
mid-May, terming the mounting cases a “tsunami” and warning that it will “hang any person” who tries to obstruct oxygen supplies to hospitals.
Talking tough, the bench of justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli asked both the Centre and the Delhi government to “interact and co-ordinate” with each
other for ensuring supply of oxygen.

This huge surge could be the result of people mingling together in March for various reasons, including playing Holi, as pointed out by some youth whom I asked for their inputs.

What is being done about it?

Heroic efforts

What is going on, you wonder? Where is the planning and infrastructure and foresight needed, you may wonder.

Definitely there are heroic efforts underway by dedicated people who are doing their best to augment Medical grade Oxygen production and transport.

The Government has also stepped in with tax rebates.

Customs duty and Health cess, why were they even there in the first place?

I am documenting this for posterity, so that I do not forget the situation, ever.

In the Hospitals I manage, the team has really been great, being good stewards of the Oxygen and also going beyond their call of duty in arranging Oxygen for us from far and wide.

God bless all those who are working in this sector, the Oxygen producers and transporters and also the healthcare workers and the patients.

Published by Dr. S. P. Mathew

A Mumbai-based practising Physician, passionate about God's wonderful creation, fitness, and integral health, writer, activist and family man. Saved by God's Grace alone :-) to be his Ambassador.

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