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Nanded govt hospital deaths: 7 more, including 4 infants, die in past 24 hours, count reaches 31

Nanded govt hospital deaths: Congress leader Ashok Chavan alleged that the hospital has 500 beds. However, as many as 1,200 patients have been admitted. He appealed to the Eknath Shinde government to make arrangements for medical staff as well as funds for the hospital on priority.

Raju Kumar Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 Nanded Updated on: October 03, 2023 13:09 IST
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Nanded govt hospital deaths: At least seven more patients died in the past 24 hours including four infants at Nanded government hospital in Maharashtra taking the death count to 31 on Tuesday.

Earlier on Monday, in a shocking turn of events, twenty-four deaths, including that of 12 infants, were reported in a government hospital in Nanded in 24 hours. According to the official statement issued by Nanded district collectorate, between September 30 and October 1, 24 deaths were reported.

Dr Dilip Mhaisekar, Director, Medical Education and Research, Maharashtra on Monday said, "In the last 24 hours, 24 deaths have been reported at Nanded government Hospital and Medical College (GMCH). Out of these, 12 are infants who were referred here by some local private hospitals. The remaining deaths are of adults for various reasons." 

12 infants comprise six males and six females, adding that most were in the 0-3 day age group and had "very low weight", said Dean Dr S R Wakode of Dr Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College and Hospital.

Among the deceased infants, four were brought to the hospital at the last stage, the collectorate statement said.

"There are 142 admissions in the paediatric department, of which 42 are still critical. Oxygen as well as ventilator facilities are there. The patients are from neighbouring districts, including Hingoli, Parbhani and Washim.
Some are from villages in neighbouring Telangana," he said.

"Among the 12 adults who lost their lives, five were male and seven female. Four adults had heart-related ailments, one was suffering from an unknown poisoning, one had a liver issue, two were kidney patients, and one case was of complications during pregnancy. There were three accident cases," it said.

In the last two days, the hospital has received more patients from the rural parts as well as from distant places who are in serious condition, the statement said.

Authority in action
"A three-member expert committee from Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar (formerly Aurangabad) district has been formed with a mandate to submit a report by 1pm on Tuesday. I am personally visiting the hospital to review the situation," Mhaisekar informed.

Doctors are overburdened: Congress
Congress leader Ashok Chavan said the Eknath Shinde government must make arrangements for medical staff as well as funds for the Nanded GMCH on priority.

He added the hospital has 500 beds but some 1,200 patients are admitted at present.

"It is natural that medical staff and doctors are overburdened due to such a large number of patients. I will speak to state deputy chief minister and finance minister Ajit Pawar seeking his intervention for funds," the former Maharashtra CM asserted.

The dean has also said posts continue to remain vacant after the transfer of some nurses, while there is also a shortage of medical officers, the Congress leader claimed.

"I have suggested to the state government that they can take the help of private doctors. It is up to the state government to implement it or not," he added.

When asked if the Haffkine Institute has not supplied medicines to the hospital, he said he was unaware of such minute details.

The statement from the collectorate read, "The hospital has received Rs 12 crore funding in this year's District Planning Development Committee (DPDC), while the state government has also sanctioned Rs 4 crore additional funds."

The state government has already given Rs 25 lakh worth of medicines to us, Dr Wakode said.

(With PTI inputs)

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