Tribune News Service
Solan, May 11
A Covid patient, Babu Ram — who was on oxygen support and was being shifted from a Baddi hospital to Shimla — died allegedly after the oxygen supply exhausted on the way near Parwanoo in an ambulance on Monday evening.
Family members of the deceased told mediapersons at Solan that doctors at the hospital had enquired about the oxygen availability from the ambulance staff before sending the patient.
They were assured that there were two cylinders in the ambulance which would be sufficient.
Nalagarh Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Mahinder Pal said Babu Ram was admitted at the hospital on May 8.
He had an oxygen level of 60 per cent and his attendants wanted to shift him to the IGMC, Shimla. They finally arranged a ventilator bed for him at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, Shimla, and called a ‘108 ambulance’ to shift him on Monday.
The deceased’s family alleged that the ambulance had two oxygen cylinders, but before discharging him, doctors had asked ambulance staff to take more oxygen cylinders in view of the high utility of the patient.
The ambulance staff, however, said they had adequate oxygen cylinders. One empty cylinder was also replaced with a filled one by the hospital.
Though the paramedic was explained about the need to ensure oxygen support, the patient’s kin alleged no one sat with the patient in the ambulance and he collapsed near Parwanoo due to the lack of oxygen.
The deceased hailed from Hamirpur district and ran a stationary shop at Baddi.
The patient’s family members lamented that they had lost their family member due to the “callous” attitude of the ambulance workers.
Deputy Commissioner, Solan, KC Chaman, said the Nalagarh Sub Divisional Magistrate had been directed to probe the matter and submit a report, following which further action would be decided.