A five-year-old girl who is the resident of Toynar village died when she was being shifted to another hospital 160 kilometres away in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar division, as the oxygen cylinder attached to her ventilator support system ran out of oxygen.
On August 22, she had fallen ill at her school in nearby Matwada village and was admitted in Bijapur district hospital.
The oxygen in the cylinder ran out by the time the ambulance reached Tokapal village in Bastar and Kudiyam was declared dead on arrival by doctors of the Jagdalpur Medical College Hospital.
When the ambulance was nearing Tokapal the oxygen exhausted in the cylinder. The driver had tried to arrange for another cylinder from Tokapal hospital but the staff there denied.
Dr Pujari said “Generally it requires one oxygen cylinder to shift patients from Bijapur to Jagdalpur. We will investigate how it got exhausted so quickly.”
K D Kunjam, who is the Collector of Bijapur said that he had directed the CMHO to probe the incident and submit a report.