At least seven patients, admitted to the regional hospital in the northern Brazilian city of Coari, died on Tuesday for the lack of oxygen cylinders, the city council denounced in a press release.
According to the news portal G1, the municipality of Coari, 450 kms off Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, said that the municipality should have received 40 oxygen cylinders yesterday.
But the aircraft in charge of the supplying ended up traveling to Tefe, a municipality in Amazonas, and could not return because the Coari airport does not operate at night.
The document blames the Amazon Ministry of Health’s planning failures for the lack of supplies, which would undermine measures to fight Covid-19 in the jurisdiction.
According to the text, 200 oxygen cylinders from the Coari regional clinic are being held by the Ministry of Health.
Coari municipality accused Brazil’s government of supplying the Manaus Basic Health Units with the rest of products.
With over 232,000 infections and 6,300 deaths from Covid-19, Amazonas is currently facing off a health system chaos with collapsed hospitals.