A sudden rise in the number of deaths continued in Maharashtra's hospitals with two hospitals making news for the wrong reason deepening concerns over health infrastructure in the state.
The latest deaths were reported in two hospitals in Nagpur. Two government hospitals witnessed the deaths of 14 patients and 9 persons respectively in the past 24 hours.
The tragic death reports came amid criticism of the state government over alleged shortage of medicine and doctors in the hospitals across the state.
On Tuesday newspapers were filled with the news about 31 deaths in 48 hours between September 30 and October 2 at Dr Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College and Hospital in Nanded.
Also, 18 deaths were reported at a government-run hospital in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar in a 24-hour period on Tuesday.
What went wrong in Nagpur hospitals
The Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Nagpur, where 14 deaths in 24 hours were reported, has a capacity of 1,900 beds and the death of an average 10 to 12 patients is reported there daily.
GMCH Dean Dr Raj Gajbhiye said the patients who die at the hospital are mostly those who are last-minute referrals and require Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admission.
Similarly, Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH) management said the highlighted similar factors responsible for the deaths. The IGGMCH, which has a capacity of 800 beds, reports the death of an average six patients daily.
"The deceased patients included mostly who were brought there in a critical condition. These included patients who required ventilator support," the official said.
The IGGMCH has a capacity of 800 beds and it reports the death of an average six patients daily, the official said.
"The hospital has sufficient stock of medicines and other facilities," the official said.
(With PTI inputs)