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Covid-19: Karnataka govt's oxygen rule sparks fear, may affect home care

Karnataka government's fresh guidelines on oxygen management spark fear among the patients recovering in-home care. The new rule bans oxygen refillers and manufacturers from selling the scarce resource directly to individuals. However, the situation on the ground, as of Sunday, was unaffected. 'Refillers or manufacturers shall not supply medical oxygen to individual persons and all medical oxygen shall be only to hospitals,' the guidelines issued by chief secretary P Ravi Kumar dated May 9, reads. Activists say they would be forced to depend on hospitals, adding more stress to the already burdened healthcare infrastructure. An official said the government introduced the clause to prevent hoarding, but implementation has been lenient wherever officials found genuine need from individuals. The official said the rule was not introduced to inconvenience individuals but to streamline supply and put in place checks and balances.

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