New Delhi, May 3 (ILNS): The Delhi High Court today, while hearing petitions regarding the shortage of beds, drugs and oxygen supply amid the COVID-19 pandemic, was told some very scary truths.
Firstly, to reduce the casualty figures emanating from hospitals, they are reducing their official bed capacity, thereby reducing the need for oxygen. Secondly, those hospitals, which had demanded a certain quantity, are getting way below the demanded amount.
The above two meant that, while for the official death figures from hospitals might be under control, the common public will be suffering even more, because the number of beds in those hospitals are decreasing.
Senior Counsel Rahul Mehra, appearing for Delhi government, told the Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli: “Our entire projection of oxygen with reference to hospitals was through the Central government.
“What has been happening is that because oxygen is not being supplied in the quantity required, hospitals have reduced their bed capacity. That is to just minimize the casualty. Therefore, requirement of oxygen is reduced. Hence, these quantities are changing every day,” he added.
Mr Mehra made it clear that he doesn’t know the “right solution” for this problem. He said he was in discussion with the Amicus and other parties and ‘would surely come out with a solution’.
He said: “We are already reducing it (demand) pro-rata wise. Our demand was 490MT (for Delhi). Suppliers said they will give 445 and we got 425, so we arranged it as per formula to distribute 419.”
Alok K Aggarwal said: “We were allotted 2MT. It was reduced to 1 MT. Now they give us only 0.55 MT, that too after a waiting period of 12 hours. Our request is kindly do not decrease it to this much. A minimum should be given.”
Mr Mehra said: “I know this issue needs to be addressed immediately. If we are so unable to reach any solution, we will be here tomorrow.” ILNS\SHV\SJ\RJ