The authorities of Civil Hospital, Asarwa, on Friday informed the Gujarat high court that the hospital is well equipped to cater to the needs of critical patients and has adequate number of ventilators in its ICUs and a secured supply of oxygen.
The hospital authorities submitted the reply on the HC’s queries on the infrastructure facilities. The court questioned the hospital after it read a news report that a patient, Jayaben Vagehela (30), of Moraiya village had died in April after she was denied facility in the Civil Hospital.
The HC was told that the Civil Hospital has 165 beds in ICUs in different departments, and there are 146 ventilators available for critical patients. The issue of availability of ventilators arose after amicus curiae cited a Delhi high court order mandating public hospitals to keep at least 10% of total beds equipped with ventilators.
Since the allegations were that the patients died due to unavailability of oxygen, the HC raised a query. The hospital authorities claimed that they have an oxygen tank of 20 tonnes capacity, and the hospital has an average use of 5 tonnes. The tank is refilled every alternate day. There are 40/80 interconnected cylinders, each having 1.5/2.5 tonnes of oxygen, which are kept as reserve to meet emergencies. Oxygen is supplied in all ICUs and wards by a network of pipes.
Besides, there are 350 separate cylinders, each having 1.45kg of oxygen.
The hospital claimed that it treats approximately 3,000-4,000 OPD patients every day, approximately 300 indoor patients, and approximately 400 emergencies.
The Sola Civil Hospital, where the patient was treated earlier, told the court that it had granted discharge to the patient on the request of her relatives and after ensuring that her condition was stable. – The Times of India