Agra’s district authorities have ordered an investigation over the oxygen supply cut off on 26th April, due to which around 22 patients lost their lives. Recently, a video of the private hospital’s owner came in where he claimed to have cut off the patients’ oxygen supply on that day.
In that video, Paras Hospital’s owner Dr. Arinjay Jain is heard telling some people that as part of a “mock drill”, the oxygen supply was cut for 5 minutes. He further said that on that day, there was an acute oxygen shortage and the patients’ family members were asked by the hospital administration to discharge their patients but no one was ready to do so.
According to the video, Dr. Jain said, “Then I decided to try something out – a mock drill of sorts – and asked the staff to identify those whose oxygen supply can be cut. That way, we will get to know who will die and who’ll survive. The mock drill happened at 7 am, no one knows about this.”
He also added that 74 patients survived in the ICU ward as they brought their own oxygen cylinders but 22 patients were gasping to breathe while their bodies were turning blue. “We came to know that they will not survive,” he added.
That day, District magistrate Prabhu N Singh denied the death of 22 patients and said that on 26th and 27th April, only 7 patients died in Paras Hospital. Singh also said that it was augmented to divert the supply from the Mathura refinery amid the ongoing oxygen shortage.
The district magistrate said that they have taken cognizance of the video and investigation has started, adding that action will be taken against those found guilty.
Chief medical officer Dr RC Pandey also said that 7 patients died in the hospital in that time period. However, the health department has launched a probe, Dr Pandey informed.