24 died at CIMS, but 3 due to fluctuation in oxygen supply: Minister Sudhakar

Chamarajnagara, May 4 (IANS): Outrightly rejecting that 24 patients died due to interruption in oxygen supply at the Chamarajanagar Institute of Medical Sciences (CIMS) in Chamarajanagar district in the wee hours of Monday, Karnataka Health Minister K. Sudhkar said that only 'three persons' died at CIMS between 12 am to 3 am on Monday due to oxygen shortage, and not 24 as the media is reporting.

After inspecting the CIMS hospital premises, Sudhakar, accompanied by district in-charge minister S. Suresh Kumar, said that the hospital has reported as many 24 deaths in the last 24 hours, and these deaths have occurred at different time gaps, so they cannot be clubbed with the 'three' deaths caused by the fluctuating supply of oxygen.

"Yes, there are certain lapses, which will come out after a thorough probe ordered by the state government is completed. We are neither backtracking on the number of Covid deaths nor lying about fluctuating supply of oxygen, which shows our commitment to keeping things transparent," he said.

He added that CIMS had 123 Covid patients of which 14 were on ventilator support, 36 on non-invasive ventilation (NIV), 58 on high-flow oxygen therapy, while 29 were on normal respiratory support.

"Of these, 24 died in the hospital in the last 24 hours," he said.

The minister claimed that according to the hospital data, of the 24 Covid deaths, as many as 14 died since between 7 am and midnight on Sunday. Between 12 midnight and 3 am on Monday, three persons died, while seven patients succumbed to Covid related complications between 3 am and 7 am.

"The three persons who succumbed between 12 midnight and 3 am died due to fluctuating oxygen supply, while the remaining 21 died due to Covid related complications," he said, adding that this would be in report the hospital would submit to the committee which will probe the matter.

The Health Minister asserted that even a single death due to lack of oxygen is a "matter of grave concern" from the government's point of view.

"We take even a small lacuna very seriously. The probe has been ordered not to know how many deaths occurred due to short supply of oxygen, but to know the exact reason… why there is short supply of oxygen in these districts," he said.

Suresh Kumar told reporters that the government is serious about rectifying its supply chain in order to avoid any such tragedies in the future.









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  • Richard, India

    Tue, May 04 2021

    There should be an audit by an independent body regarding the aid that arrived from foreign nations and how long it took to reach the people, if at all it ever reached. Thieves will be always thieves, even when the country is turned in to a crematorium.

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  • Pirenki Parbhu, Mangalore/Kudla

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Richie Parbhu, You are asking thieves to audit thieves!!!!

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  • Sunil K, Mangalore

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Even one life should be valued and the minister here is happy to claim that only 3 lives were lost due to supply of oxygen. Shame.

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  • Angela, dias.sheril@gmail.com

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Lives of the public don't matter to the Government & Politicians, unless the person dying is a Celebrity or a Businessman who can fund their campaigns.

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  • Rahul, Mangalore

    Tue, May 04 2021

    If you already investigated the cause of death why government orders enquiry. Same result will come.

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Tue, May 04 2021

    These educated Netas are thinking that the entire population of the state are fools and they will buy anything and everything that's thrown on them. There is a limit for the lies these guys are spreading to the public when reality is infront of everyone's eye. Anyway we deserve it because we asked for it.

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  • Kudla Stories, Kudla

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Liar liar pants on fire !! If you got any morals left then resign.

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Central and State government is focusing on its own image, instead of finding solution to crisis.

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Nonsense bade sahab spent money on statue instead of proper health care beds. Ventilator and oxygen...center should release from the CGST collection to our states to prepare the proper health care. Instead CGST spent on poaching MLAs shameless gujjus... And taklu.... Rule... They should resign first not sudhakar.... Everything exposed now real caliber nill from Modiji....

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  • Varun, mangalore

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Mr Minister, can you take the moral responsibility and resign plz?

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  • Thekkumuri Vasu, Kudla / Kerala

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Enough is enough, just pack your bags and go, you guys don’t make any difference to the common man, lies after lies, spin after spin, nothing but fooling the public, game over for all those arrogant and incompetent So called Netas, who have death and misery on their hands, the curse of the people on yourselves will be worse than the deadly virus that has spread in India, the fact that many hardcore bhakths have realised that the BJP is nothing more than an event management company, the CEO only good for giving fake talks, rest of the cabinet sycophants who are scared to tell their masters the stark reality. If they have any self respect they should all resign. Quite strangely the BJP = Blame Jawaharlal Party hasn’t blames Congress for the Covid surge .. ?. Also many hate Monterey are now silent. game over ?????

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Tue, May 04 2021

    In people's death also salvaging political identity/future.., instread of resign & going home gracefully....!!! the imported oxygen .. were all reaching pvt hospitals.., coz people under treatment in govt hospital are poor...., strategy is saving & serving cronies....!!! shameless jokara's....

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Three or twenty four finally it is the mistake of the hospital run by the Government. Now only lying between 12 am to 3 am only three died because of lack of oxygen, the others died later due to the lack of oxygen between 12am to 3am the effects of lacking oxygen between 12am to 3 am. But finally there was a interruption in a Government run hospital the State Government is responsible for it.

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  • Jossy Tauro, Mangalore

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Only BJP AndhBhakths can believe your statement.Not others.So when media is showing the truth now you are saying media is not giving proper information.What about your sponsored medias not showing the truth and only showing Modi and Shah?.Even international medias showing the deaths of our people died from Corona.Your Government only good in telling lies and spreading hatred

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Tue, May 04 2021

    3 or 24 it doesn't matter. They were someones father or mother or sister or brother.....Pls accept your failure. Enough is enough.

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  • Rational thinker, Mangalore

    Tue, May 04 2021

    In the first place he has miserably failed to control covid or ensure enough supplies. On top of that now lying to the public! This is not at all acceptable!!!

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  • Gurka, mangaluru

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Has these morons got shame on their face when they use the TAXPAYER money for themselves and their families ! Sudakaraa should go ! sudhakara should go !! Where are those PRATAPA SIMMBA HEGDE SULIBELE and MANY MORE

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  • kujuma, mangaluru

    Tue, May 04 2021

    this minister is same like his father sitting in delhi...when it is clear that all died due to lack of oxygen.. even when something is out in open these bugger liers dont accept things.

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  • Vinay, Mangalore

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Eer pandar. Namma kenda. Papada janakul saipun nikleg vote kord. Mana maryadi onthe la ijji irrespective of which party you belong to.

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  • Prabhu, Karkala

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Vinay, actually enkulu 70 varsha waste maltha. Aithane effect undu matha.

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  • Kudla Stories, Kudla

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Actually 7 varsha. 70 varshodu aaiyna belavanige 7 varshodu lagadi.

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  • Aam Aadmi, Mangalore

    Tue, May 04 2021

    Has BJP ever told the truth. They are the masters in spreading rumours, fake news and divide and rule. Even Joseph Goebbels would be impressed by their propaganda

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  • Naresh, Udupi

    Tue, May 04 2021

    But 80% of the people believe him. So they vote him again and again.

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