In the last 24 hours, a total of 24 patients, comprising 12 children and 12 adults, lost their lives at a government hospital in Maharashtra’s Nanded. Hospital authorities have attributed these tragic deaths to various factors, including a shortage of medications and staff transfers.
Following the revelation of this incident, Dr. Shyamrao Wakode, a healthcare professional at the hospital, stated, “In the past 24 hours, approximately 12 children and 12 adults have passed away due to various health issues. We faced difficulties due to staff transfers, and there was a delay in procuring medicines from the Haffkine Institute. Nevertheless, we managed to obtain the necessary medicines locally and administered them to the patients,” as reported by ANI.
The dean of Shankarrao Chavan Government Hospital in Nanded mentioned to NDTV that a majority of the adult patients who lost their lives in the past day had succumbed to snake bites. Additionally, of the children who sadly passed away, there were six boys and six girls.
According to Medical Education Minister Hasan Mushrif from Maharashtra, the Times of India reported that some children who passed away had been admitted for more than two days, while others were admitted just 24 hours before their unfortunate demise.
Nanded GMCH reports 24 deaths, including 12 infants
In the past 24 hours, Nanded Government Hospital and Medical College (GMCH) have reported 24 deaths. Dr. Dilip Mhaisekar, the Director of Medical Education and Research in Maharashtra informed PTI that among these, 12 are infants who were referred by local private hospitals. The remaining deaths are adults who passed away due to various reasons.
Dr. Chavan, the hospital dean, mentioned that out of the 24 individuals who lost their lives, 6-7 are infants, and some are pregnant women. Moreover, approximately 70 patients are in critical condition, and there have been cases where individuals possibly died due to unknown poisoning.
Dr. Chavan emphasized the need for the Eknath Shinde government to promptly arrange for medical staff and allocate funds for Nanded GMCH. Currently, the hospital, which has 500 beds, is accommodating approximately 1,200 patients. This has put considerable strain on medical staff and doctors due to the high patient load. Dr. Chavan intends to discuss this matter with the state deputy chief minister and finance minister, Ajit Pawar, seeking their intervention in securing funds.
The dean also noted that there are ongoing vacancies in medical staff positions following the transfer of some nurses, and there’s a shortage of medical officers, as per claims made by the Congress leader. Dr. Chavan suggested that the state government could consider enlisting the assistance of private doctors, leaving the decision to implement this option in the hands of the state government.
When asked about the supply of medicines from the Haffkine Institute to the hospital, he expressed unawareness of such specific details. Incidentally, between August 12 and 13, there was an alarming spike in patient deaths, with 18 fatalities occurring at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital in Kalwa, Thane district, within a 24-hour period, causing widespread concern across the state.
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