12 infants and as many adults died in a state-run hospital in Maharashtra’s Nanded in 24 hours, according to the hospital dean, who blamed a lack of drugs and hospital workers. According to the dean of Nanded’s Shankarrao Chavan Government Hospital, 12 adults died as a result of various ailments, mostly snake bites, among the 24 people who died.
“Six males and six female babies died in the last 24 hours. Twelve adults also died due to various ailments, mostly snake bites. We faced some difficulty since various staff were being transferred,” he explained.
“We are a tertiary-level care centre and the only such place in the 70 to 80-km radius. So, patients come to us from far-off places. On some days, the number of patients increases and it creates a problem for the budget,” he added.
“There is an institute Haffkine. We are supposed to buy medicines from them but that also didn’t happen. But we did buy medicines locally and provided them to the patients,” the dean noted.
In Response to The Dean’s Assertions of a Lack of Medicine and Funding – The Hospital Stated In A News Release
In response to the dean’s assertions of a lack of medicine and funding, the hospital stated in a news release “Essential medicines are available in the hospital. The hospital has ₹ 12 crore in funds. For this financial year, ₹ 4 crore has been approved. Other patients are being treated as necessary.”
There were 12 adult patients (five male and seven female) and 12 children. Among adults, four were suffering from heart disease, one from poisoning, one from gastric disease, two from kidney ailments, one from obstetric complications, and three were accident victims. Among the children, four in the terminal stage were referred from private hospitals,” according to the statement.
A Committee Has Been Constituted to Investigate the Fatalities
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde told reporters in Mumbai that the fatalities were “unfortunate” and that additional information about what transpired at the hospital will be gathered before action was done. A committee has been constituted to investigate the fatalities, according to Dr Dilip Mhaisekar, Director of Medical Education and Research in Maharashtra.
“A three-member expert committee from Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar (formerly Aurangabad) district has been formed with a mandate to submit a report by 1 pm tomorrow. I am personally visiting the hospital to review the situation,” he stated