Oxygen gas leak in Nashik, 24 Covid patient died out of Oxygen
| Friday | 23rd April, 2021
BJP State president Chandrakant Patil said that this was not the first time that such incidents had been reported in Nashik and across the State. He urged Mr. Thackeray and the Maha Vikas Aghadi government to “get its act together” and make sure such incidents did not occur again.
At least 24 COVID-19 patients on life support died after a leak in a medical oxygen tank disrupted the supply of the gas at Dr. Zakir Hussain Hospital in Nashik, Maharashtra, on Wednesday.
Attributing the leak to a valve malfunction, State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said a high-level inquiry had been ordered to ascertain if negligence had caused the tragedy.
Mr. Tope said 61 of the 157 patients in the hospital were in a critical condition and required oxygen. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, expressing grief over the incident, announced a thorough inquiry. “The kin of every patient who died will receive a compensation of â‚¹5 lakh. I appeal to the people not to indulge in any kind of politics,” he said in a statement.
“Currently, the other patients are being supplied oxygen from the repaired tank. They are in a stable condition, as per medical authorities,” Mr. Mandhare said.
Chaotic scenes erupted on the hospital premises as relatives of patients converged on the scene of the tragedy. They accused the Nashik Municipal Corporation authorities of not giving them proper information on the incident.
The tragedy comes at a time when Maharashtra, the worst-hit state in India in terms of COVID-19 cases and fatalities, is reeling under an acute shortage of oxygen.
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