23 succumbs to oxygen shortage at Chamrajnagar; #ResignSudhakar trends on Twitter

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23 succumbs to oxygen shortage at Chamrajnagar; #ResignSudhakar trends on Twitter

23 succumbs to oxygen shortage at Chamrajnagar; #ResignSudhakar trends on Twitter

SC Reshma B.   ¦    May 03, 2021 08:28:19 PM (IST)

23 succumbs to oxygen shortage at Chamrajnagar; #ResignSudhakar trends on Twitter-1

Bengaluru: The tragic death of 23 people on Monday May 2, at Chamrajnagar Institute of Medical Sciences (CIMS) at Chamraj district, allegedly due to a lack of oxygen supply, has left the state in despair. Officials from the district have denied that the patients did not die due to oxygen shortage at the hospital. "We're waiting for the death audit report," said S Suresh Kumar, the Chamarajanagar district in-charge minister. However, an official at CIMS stated that,” There was a shortage of oxygen supply between 12 midnight to 2 a.m.”

Political parties and individuals have taken this incident to social media platforms probing an investigation and resignation of Karnataka health minister K. Sudhakar. The Karnataka State Congress criticised the government in a series of tweet, pointing out that the incident was the product of criminal negligence on the part of the government. Thus, #ResignSudhakar is trending on Twitter on May 4.

“Who will bear the responsibility? Karnataka Chief Minister, Health Minister, Prime Minister?” asked the party.

Karnataka Congress president D.K Shivakumar tweeted that the government has completely failed to save the lives of people.

“Too many distress calls even today, two weeks since the surge. Don't know when this will end. Just got off a call from a son pleading to help save his mother. Health infra has collapsed. 'Oxygen Murders' continue every day. Sadly, no accountability at all,” tweeted Congress politician Srivasta.

MLA Krishna Byre Gowda tweeted against the government that if the government had supplied oxygen, tragedy could have been avoided.

People are worried of the oxygen shortage in the state after this incident. However, Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Dr K.V Rajendra confirmed that the district currently has sufficient oxygen and it is not facing any shortage of medical oxygen.

The government has ordered a probe into this incident and senior IAS officer Shivayogi Kalasad, who is also the Managing Director of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is assigned as the investigation officer.

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