Goa:The oxygen situation in Goa could get worse if the chain of Covid-19 transmission is not broken, president of the Goa Association of Resident Doctors (GARD), Dr Pratik Sawant told to News24 Goa.The government gave us an assurance and it is sorting out the (oxygen) issue, but if we break the chain of Covid-19 transmission, these problems will sort themselves out.There’s a very fine line between demand and supply at the moment, and it can go either way. If cases drop, the oxygen will be more than adequate. If cases continue to rise, oxygen supply could never be enough to meet the demand,” Sawant said.
The GARD raised the problem of insufficient oxygen supply and bed shortages not with the intention of “exposing” or “creating panic”, but because doctors face hardships when many patients turn bad at the same time due to fluctuations in oxygen, he said.If a doctor is tending to 30 beds of which 25-27 are on central oxygen, and if supply starts to fluctuate even a little, patients start to desaturate. Twenty-five patients turning bad at the same time and needing the attention of one doctor puts the doctor in a very difficult position,” Sawant said.
The News24 Goa