Eleven COVID-19 patients died today due to lack of oxygen.
This incident happened after an oxygen tanker leaked outside a hospital in Maharashtra’s Nashik causing the oxygen supply to be halted for around 30 minutes.
All the deceased were on ventilators and in need of constant oxygen supply. This incident occurred at the city’s Zakir Hussain Hospital which is a Covid-dedicated facility. Around 150 patients were either oxygen-dependent or on ventilators in the hospital.
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope promised the government will look into the matter and conduct a thorough probe.
“As per the information available with us, 11 patients who were on ventilators at the hospital in Nashik have died. The leakage was spotted at the oxygen tank which was supplying oxygen to these patients. The interrupted supply could be linked to the deaths of the 11 patients in the hospital,” Mr. Tope said.
“We will issue a statement later after the investigation is over,” he added.
The gas had spread throughout the area causing widespread panic. Fire trucks were reached to the spot to stop the leak.
Around 31 patients out of 80 who need oxygen have been shifted to other hospitals.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Majeed Memon tweeted that people responsible for the leak must be punished. He further said that “Leakage of Oxygen from tanker in Nasik has caused loss of several liters of oxygen and panic in the Hospital. Those responsible for negligence must be identified and punished.