The state of affairs began unravelling on the district hospital round 8pm Sunday when oxygen shares began to put on skinny and provides didn’t attain the city from Mysuru. Breathless patients referred to as their kinfolk who scrambled to help them, however with little success.
When district deputy commissioner MR Ravi rushed to the hospital by 10.30pm, their oxygen saturation ranges had plummeted to harmful ranges. Though by 2.30am, the supply was restored, it had claimed many lives. “The stock is expected to last for the next two days,’’ official sources said. Kin of the dead between 25 and 50 years gathered near the hospital and protested, alleging negligence by the hospital.
Not all deaths due to lack of oxygen , say Karnataka ministers
While one of the victims is a treasury department official, the rest are farmers and most had been admitted to the hospital a few days ago.
Education minister Suresh Kumar and health minister K Sudhakar rushed to the town to take stock of the situation. “The cylinders were supposed to come from Mysuru but there was some glitch,” Kumar stated. He added that he acquired complaints that the supply acquired delayed as a result of intervention of Mysuru deputy commissioner Rohini Sindhuri and would take up the difficulty as soon as he acquired a report. He admitted there was lack of coordination between the 2 district administrations on sharing of oxygen cylinders. Sindhuri issued a press launch denying the cost and clarified she had despatched cylinders to Chamarajanagar on humanitarian grounds following a request. Suresh Kumar and Sudhakar claimed that every one those that died in Chamarajanagar might not have died because of oxygen scarcity.
Chief minister BS Yediyurappa ordered a probe into the deaths and requested senior IAS officer Shivayogi Kalasad to submit the report inside three days. He referred to as an emergency cupboard assembly on Tuesday night to debate the difficulty. Chamarajanagar district incharge minister Suresh Kumar sought the audit of 24 deaths.