India is seeing an unprecedented rise in the COVID-19 infections. Each day we are recording a new high in the number of cases and deaths. With so much pressure on our healthcare system, available resources seem scarce.
The condition is such that the top hospitals in Delhi faced an oxygen crisis. Many of them just had oxygen supply that would last them for 6-12 hours.
GTB hospital was one of them and apparently had oxygen that would last only until 2 AM, 21st April. Around 500 serious patients were waiting for oxygen.
Acute shortage of oxygen at GTB Hospital. Oxygen may not last beyond 4 hrs. More than 500 corona patients on oxygen. Pl help@PiyushGoyal— Satyendar Jain (@SatyendarJain) April 20, 2021
to restore oxygen supply to avert major crisis. pic.twitter.com/QNMSoWgNTA
Just when people were losing hope, the hospital received an oxygen tanker at 1:30 AM. A picture of the oxygen tanker outside the hospital is going viral on social media.
Oxygen tanker just arrived outside GTB hospital.— Sandeep Singh (@PunYaab) April 20, 2021
It was being said that hospital will run out of oxygen at 2 AM. pic.twitter.com/hIU6piSiJf
This pic became a symbol of hope in such dark times. Everyone on the internet also heaved a sigh of relief and prayed for the patients.
Finally some relief for Delhi. Oxygen tanker made it to GTB Hospital on time. Hospital had 500 serious patients and supply which could last till 2 am. Resident doctors tell me, "We had almost lost hope. All of us were in tears when we saw oxygen tanker arrive at our premises"— Tanushree Pandey (@TanushreePande) April 20, 2021
Not just the doctor entire Delhi had sleepless night. Just waiting for one tweet, That GTB receives oxygen. What a relief. That's the reason this nation looks upto the courts for hope, justice and life. Reason why we still believe in Democracy.— Nitish Pande (@Rangbaaaj) April 20, 2021
Watching life and death of fellow citizens hand by bare threads. Never thought such a day would come. https://t.co/FwDZG5owWO— Arnav Gupta (@championswimmer) April 20, 2021
Finally.— TarangaS (@tiffincareer) April 20, 2021
There are no words to describe how one feels when everything has become touch and go like this https://t.co/pg15e52IBw
I've been having anxiety attacks over this post and been unable to sleep. I keep looking at my oximeter in panic. https://t.co/zsc2PcPJrR— Sujay (@WeirdlyHungry) April 20, 2021
remember this. 500 people's lives were on the line https://t.co/M6PqgTEz0t— 💖 (@indecisivebeann) April 21, 2021
WHOEVER ARE READING THIS,— Navya M. (@Vishi75M) April 20, 2021
DO REMEMBER THIS POST WHILE CASTING YOUR VOTES..
ONE NIGHT, WE ALL WERE WAITING FOR OXYGEN FOR THE LIVES OF 500 PEOPLE..
today nobody asked for religion or anything, all were just humans..
this is our INDIA..
This bought tears to my eyes. People felt relieved on seeing oxygen arrive. I pray to god, not a single person should suffer from anything. What times are we living in, feeling so helpless and hopeless. https://t.co/3Byahuf7XQ— Krtin Jain (@krtin001) April 21, 2021
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also urged the Centre to provide oxygen to Delhi hospitals.
Serious oxygen crisis persists in Delhi. I again urge centre to urgently provide oxygen to Delhi. Some hospitals are left with just a few hours of oxygen.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 20, 2021
Other hospitals in Delhi also received oxygen supply after Delhi HC intervened and asked the Centre to divert industrial oxygen to hospitals as soon as possible.