22 patients on ventilators die after oxygen leak in Maharashtra

Nashik: At least 22 patients died after an oxygen tank leaked at Zakir Hussain Hospital in Nashik on April 21, an official said. As many as 171 patients were present in the hospital at the time of the incident.

“The oxygen supply was stopped for half an hour due to the leak, because of which those on the ventilator lost their lives,” said Kailash Jadhav, Commissioner, Nashik Municipal Corporation.

“People died because the pressure reduced due to the [leak in] the oxygen tank which is provided by a private company. That company looks after the maintenance of this tank,” Nashik Collector Suraj Mandhare said.

“This is an unfortunate incident. I spoke to the Nashik municipal commissioner who has informed me that the situation is under control now. I’ll be going to Nashik soon. Nashik Guardian Min Chhagan Bhujbal has already gone there,” said Maharashtra minister Rajesh Tope.

Union Minister Amit Shah extended his condolences to the family of the deceased and tweeted: “I am distressed to hear the news of oxygen leak at a hospital in Nashik. I express my deepest condolences on this irreparable loss of those who have lost their loved ones in this incident. I pray to God for the efficiency of all the other patients.”

Meanwhile, Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis demanded a detailed inquiry into the incident.

Image courtesy of The oxygen tank leaked at Zakir Hussain Hospital in Nashik.

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