Published on April 17, 2021

AHMEDABAD: Sudhir Jadav, 50, a resident of Prabhat Chowk, succumbed at Civil Hospital on Friday morning. “His RT-PCR report was negative. But he had developed extreme breathlessness on Thursday night. We called EMRI 108 at 9 pm to hospitalize him and were told to wait.

My daughter took him to AMC-run hospital in a private vehicle but they declined to admit any patient who was not brought by 108 ambulance,” said his wife Rajshree.

“We somehow arranged an ambulance from Viramgam and took him to Civil Hospital. But he was already out of breath. Soon, we got to know that he had passed away.”

Oxygen, the life-giving gas, has never been this dearer for Amdavadis gasping for breath in the wake of an unprecedented spike in Covid-19 cases in the third surge. The state and city are reeling under extreme duress of oxygen supply despite best efforts from all quarters.

Dr Ishan Shah, director of Sushrusha Hospital, said that over 80% of the patients who come to hospitals are in need of oxygen right at the admission.

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