The Uttar Pradesh government calls for inquiry in a well-known private health centre named Paras Hospital in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, after the owner of the hospital was caught in an audio explaining how the oxygen supply was shut down on April 27 during a “mock drill.” In which the owner also claimed that there was a shortage of oxygen supply amidst raging COVID-19 cases in many states of the country.
HERE’S WHAT WAS EXTRACTED FROM 1.5 MINUTES AUDIO CLIP
“Even the chief minister cannot get oxygen, start discharging the patients. Modi Nagar is dry. We started counselling families some were willing to listen while others would say they will not leave. I said ok, lets do a mock drill and see how many of them survives. So we started with the drill at 7am for at least 5 minutes. As soon as we were done, we identified that 22 patients turned blue and also realized that they would die.” All of this can be heard from the owner of the Agra hospital in an audio clip of 1.5 minutes, says NDTV report.
WHAT WAS THE SAY OF AGRA’S DISTRICT MAGISTRATE
In a media statement the Agra’s District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh can be heard saying that there were no deaths recorded while conducting the mock drill. However, he also mentions that a probe would be conducted.
Mr. N Singh further adds, that in the beginning there was a shortage and panic but we sorted it all out in 48 hours. On 26 and 27, seven COVID-19 deaths were recorded. However, the hospital have enough ICU beds and there’s no truth in the say that 22 patients died of mock drill, but we can assure the inquiry will be conducted.