In the past 24 hours, a tragic incident involving the death of 24 patients, including 12 newborns, occurred in a government hospital located in Nanded, Maharashtra. Media reports indicate that the hospital’s dean attributed this unfortunate event to a scarcity of essential medicines and insufficient hospital staff.
Dr. Shyamrao Wakode, representing Govt Medical College Nanded, stated, “In the last 24 hours, approximately 12 children and 12 adults succumbed to various ailments such as snake bites, arsenic, and phosphorus poisoning. Our challenges were exacerbated due to staff transfers. We faced difficulties in procuring medicines from the Haffkine Institute. Additionally, patients from distant places rely on this hospital, and the disruption in the sanctioned budget affected our services.”
Ashok Chavan, former Chief Minister and prominent Congress leader from Nanded, expressed grave concerns about the situation. Apart from the reported deaths, he mentioned that 70 patients referred from private hospitals in the district are in critical condition.
Chavan, who visited the Dr. Shankarrao Chavan Medical College and Hospital, emphasized the severity of the situation. He urged the government to promptly intervene and provide necessary assistance. Moreover, he highlighted the lack of replacement for numerous transferred nurses, further exacerbating the challenges faced by the hospital.
The Congress leader emphasized the urgency of extending all essential aid and resources, given the alarming circumstances surrounding the incident.