Around 22 Covid-19 patients die the following leakage from an oxygen cylinder at a Nashik hospital.
Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope said the incident took place at civic-run Dr. Zakir Hussain Hospital where some victims on ventilator support died as the oxygen pressure dropped following the leakage. Tope said malfunctioning valves caused the leakage.
District collector Suraj Mandhare said so far 22 deaths have been reported at the hospital. He said the accident happened when the oxygen cylinder was being refilled by a private agency. The agency executives noticed leakage of gas. Technicians were immediately called and the problem was fixed, he told.
According to Nashik Municipal authorities, the hospital had 150 Covid patients, including 23 on ventilator support.
Following the incident, security was toughened at the hospital to avoid any untoward incident as angry relatives of the victims were demanding immediate action against those responsible.
Nashik police commissioner Deepak Pandey said that We have beefed up the bandobast hereafter some casualties were reported. The relatives [of victims] are very furious.
Angry relatives alleged that the hospital did not notify them about the incident. It was only after we barged inside that we got to know that our loved ones were dead, one of them said.