Nagpur: The state of Maharashtra is witnessing a grim situation as several patients are losing their lives in Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital due to various reasons. In the latest incident, 25 patients have died in two different government hospitals of Nagpur within a span of 24 hours. This comes after 31 patients, including 12 infants, died in Nanded and Aurangabad hospitals in the previous two days.
According to the reports, 18 deaths were recorded in the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) located in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar, Maharashtra, between 8 a.m. on October 2 and 8 a.m. on October 3. The Medical Superintendent of the hospital said that out of the 18 deaths, four people were brought dead to the hospital, while the rest died due to various ailments such as heart attack, pneumonia, kidney failure, liver failure, road accident, poisoning, and appendix rupture. He said that most of the patients who died were in critical condition and had comorbidities.
Another seven deaths were reported in the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH) located in Nagpur, Maharashtra, between 8 a.m. on October 2 and 8 a.m. on October 3. The Dean of the hospital said that out of the seven deaths, three were due to COVID-19 complications, while the others died due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), septic shock, brain hemorrhage, and cardiac arrest. He said that all the patients who died were above 60 years of age and had underlying health issues.
The deaths in Nagpur hospitals have raised serious questions about the quality of healthcare services and infrastructure in the state. The opposition parties have accused the ruling government of negligence and mismanagement of the health sector. They have demanded a high-level inquiry into the matter and compensation for the families of the deceased.
Earlier, a similar tragedy had occurred in Nanded and Aurangabad hospitals, where 31 patients died in 48 hours. Out of these, 12 were infants who died in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Dr. Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College and Hospital in Nanded. The hospital authorities said that they were facing a shortage of beds, oxygen supply, and staff in the NICU. They also said that most of the infants who died were either premature or had low birth weight or congenital defects.
The state health department has ordered a probe into the incidents and has assured that necessary action will be taken against those responsible. The health minister has also announced that steps will be taken to improve the healthcare facilities and infrastructure in the state.