New Delhi: Slamming the Central Government for their lackadaisical attitude shown for the states with inadequate supply of oxygen, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday ordered the Centre to “forthwith” provide ocygen by whatever means to hospitals here facing a shortage of the gas in treating serious Covid-19 patients, observing it seems human live is not important for the state. “You are not exploring all avenues to augment oxygen supply. Beg, borrow or steal,” the court told the Centre and asked why it is not waking up to the gravity of the emergency situation. It also warned that certainly, all hell will break loose with the stoppage of medical oxygen to the hospitals.
The court was attending to an urgent hearing on a plea filed by Balaji Medical and Research Centre, which owns and runs various hospitals in the name of Max, stating that if the supply of oxygen is not replenished on an immediate basis, the lives of the patients who are critical and on oxygen is not replenished on an immediate basis, the lives of the patients who are critical and on oxygen support will be endangered. Do you want to see thousands of people dying in the country?” a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli asked, as it came down heavily on the Centre for not divertin sufficient oxygen supply from industries to hospitals.