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Oxygen shortage kills 4 at Delhi hospital

Posted on Dec 05, 12:21PM | IBNS

Four patients died at a Delhi government hospital ICU on Tuesday, allegedly from shortage of oxygen supply.

Reports said the oxygen supply machines at Sushrut Trauma Centre in north Delhi allegedly malfunctioned. An inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

The oxygen supply at the hospital is run by a private company.

"(The) hospital is innocent and not responsible in any way...the technician provided by the private contractor was not trained and he didn't respond to the drop ion oxygen level," a report quoted medical superintendent of the hospital Dr. Richa Diwan as saying.

"At a time, 10-12 cylinders are attached to each other but he attached one cylinder at a time," Diwan said.

Relatives of the victims demonstrated at the hospital and the police have registered a case of death caused by negligence.