(Trinidad Guardian) The retail sector of Trinidad and Tobago has run out of oxygen tanks while COVID-19 cases continue to soar.
Retailers speculate that the current unprecedented demand for portable oxygen has been spurred by the record-breaking increase in cases, persistent rise in deaths, and the projection that the parallel healthcare system may collapse next week.
Across the country, all retailers who Guardian Media spoke to said they were out of stock of portable oxygen.
According to Pharmaco Industries Limited’s Managing Director Stephen Aboud, “We are out of stock of portable oxygen cylinders, and we understand most of our competitors are out of stock.”
TRUIS Medical, a medical supply company that also rents tanks, said its 200 tanks are all rented out.
According to one of the directors of TRUIS Medical Mitral Ramkhelawan, “The problem is not oxygen. We could manufacture unlimited supplies of oxygen. We have the oxygen plant at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex on the compound where we supply oxygen to the hospital directly.”
However, the problem lies in the availability of tanks.