New Delhi, Oct 03, 2023: The death toll at a government hospital in Maharashtra’s Nanded district has gone up to 31 after the death of seven more patients. The patients who died at the hospital include 15 children and 16 adults.
In a social media post, the Nanded District Information Office (DIO) said, "The facts related to the death of patients at Dr Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College and Hospital is as follows: 24 deaths between September 30 and October 1; seven deaths between October 1 and 2."
"Please do not panic. A team of doctors is ready," the post added.
The update on the death toll was also shared by former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.
The authorities at Shankarrao Chavan Government Hospital on Monday said the deaths occurred due to a shortage of medicines. The hospital’s dean said the 12 children who died included six girls and six boys. He added that the twelve adults who died were due to various ailments including snake bites.
He explained that the hospital is only a "tertiary-level care centre" but patients come from different areas because it is the only health care centre in a 70-80 km radius. The number of patients admitted to the hospital sometimes exceeds the institute’s budget, and that is why there was a shortage in medicines, he added.
However, the hospital released a statement on Tuesday saying there was no medicine shortage and the patients were in their “last stage”.
The Maharashtra cabinet will discuss the Nanded Hospital deaths in a meeting today. Cabinet may decide on forming an inquiry committee over the incident, according to a Maharashtra government official.
Courtesy: India Today