According to the petitioner, there are no apparent signs of continuous supply of oxygen to the hospital either from supplier vendor or the Union or state government.
CHANDIGARH: A Faridabadbased private hospital has moved the Punjab and Haryana high court, seeking directions for continuous and uninterrupted supply of liquid medical oxygen (LMO), as more than 100 critical care patients are being treated for Covid-19 in the facility.
In its petition, the Asian Institute of Medical Sciences claimed that it is a 425-bedded super speciality tertiary care hospital and adjudged as the fourth best hospital of Delhi and NCR. The hospital is currently treating 132 Covid-19 patients, out of which 54 are in the ICU. A total of 96 patients are in need of critical care. The petitioner has been procuring LMO from Seth Air Products for the last 12 years. However, over the last three days, there has been a disruption in supply to the petitioner from its vendor.
“It is learnt that the producers, such as Air Linde, who are the suppliers for Sethi Air Products, are being directed by the state of Haryana to make supplies to specific points (hospital/distributors) and that Sethi Air Products has not received any supply from the producers out of the quota allocated for the state of Haryana by the Union of India,” the petition states.
It has also been claimed in the petition that the hospital is continuously running on critically low levels of LMO. It has been further stated that the hospital has 124 B-type cylinders which are lying empty and need to be refilled for emergency use. According to the petitioner, there are no apparent signs of continuous supply of oxygen to the hospital either from supplier vendor or the Union or state government.
The petition, which is expected to come up for hearing on Tuesday, has impleaded the Centre through the ministry of health and family welfare, and Seth Air Products, Faridabad, as the respondent party in this petition