ILNS: The Delhi High Court bench which is hearing petitions on the shortage of beds, drugs and oxygen supply amid the Covid pandemic, was told some other truths.
The first was that there could be an increase in number of beds available, but if this is done, without a corresponding increase in oxygen availability, it would bring down the entire system.
The other issue that came up before the bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli was that while the entire country was striving to get life-saving medicines such as Remdesivir and others, there was actually another looming shortage of regular paracetamol, an essential in treating coronavirus.
On the oxygen issue, Senior Counsel Rahul Mehra, appearing for the Delhi government, explained the pressure. He said, “If these new facilities, as discussed, are started and then there is no oxygen available for them, when they send an SoS, the entire system will collapse.”
Aseem Chaturvedi said, “The problem, my lord, is there are so many cases where Crocin is prescribed and local chemist is saying I don’t have Crocin, but they are not saying that they have an alternative.”