A government hospital in Maharashtra’s Nanded district has been making headlines after multiple patient deaths over the past two days. As per officials, the death toll at the Dr Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College and Hospital has reached 31, with 16 of them being infants. This tragic incident has sparked outrage and concern across the state.
Shortage of Medicines and Staff Alleged
According to initial reports, the deaths occurred due to inadequate facilities and shortage of medicines, staff and equipment at the hospital.
On September 30 and October 1, 24 patients died at the hospital, including 12 infants. The dean of the hospital stated that the 12 infants were under 3 days old and had very low weight. He added that the adult patients who died were suffering from various illnesses like heart disease, poisoning, liver issues, kidney failure, and pregnancy complications.
However, the hospital authorities later denied any shortage of medicines or doctors. The dean claimed that despite proper treatment, the patients did not respond well as they were in critical condition already.
Visuals from state-run Dr Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College and Hospital in Nanded where 24 patients, including 12 infants, have died in a span of 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/d5S0VbP1Ak
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) October 3, 2023
Death Toll Rises Further
Unfortunately, the tragic news did not end there. Late night on October 1, seven more patients died at the Nanded hospital. Out of these, four were children.
This took the total death count at the government facility to 31 in the span of just 48 hours. As per reports, the condition of 71 other patients remains critical, with some shifted to private hospitals.
Government Forms Investigation Committee
The shocking incident has left citizens outraged. The opposition parties in Maharashtra have also slammed the state government over the situation.
In response, the government has set up a 3-member committee to investigate the spate of deaths at the hospital. The medical education minister has also visited Nanded to take stock of the situation.
He stated that negligence will not be tolerated and anyone found guilty will face action. The Maharashtra cabinet is expected to discuss the matter and decide on further measures today.
The Nanded hospital tragedy has exposed the dismal state of healthcare in parts of rural India. The government will have to take concrete steps to improve infrastructure and facilities at all its hospitals to prevent such incidents in the future. For now, the focus remains on determining the exact causes behind the 31 deaths.