As India continues to fight against a second wave of coronavirus (Covid-19) infections, two New Delhi-based hospitals have said they are running out of oxygen.
Just hours ago, Max Healthcare put out an SOS on social media, in which it said both hospitals are awaiting fresh supplies from INOX. It is believed that over 700 patients are currently admitted at the sites, all of which need immediate assistance.
Shortly after its initial tweet, Max Healthcare said it had received emergency supplies but are still awaiting more. The emergency supplies were thought to only last two hours - this time has now passed.
No further updates have yet been published by Max Healthcare.
To help meet these urgent oxygen needs, India is now turning to the international industrial gas community for urgent help.
gasworld now understands the Indian Government has put out a tender for 50,000 tonnes of medical liquid oxygen. That tender is open to the international community as well as those within India.
The Government of India has also granted permission for manufacturers of industrial oxygen to manufacture and sell the gas for medical use.
All of the above follows India recording the highest one-day tally of new cases of anywhere in the world.
At the time of writing, India has over 16.3 million cases and just over 187,000 fatalities according to the Centre for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.