An oxygen tanker leaked while filling tankers at Dr Zakir Hussain Hospital in Nashik District, Maharashtra on Wednesday.
During a follow-up, FDA Minister Dr Rajendra Shingane informed that at least 11 patients treated at a hospital run by the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) for COVID-19 patients have died as a result of the ‘incident.
“It is an unfortunate incident. According to preliminary information, we have learned that 11 people have died. We are trying to get a detailed report. We have also ordered an investigation. Those responsible will not be spared,” said FDA Minister Dr Rajendra Shingane on Nashik Oxygen Tanker Leak Incident, News Agency reported ANI.
Officials were present on site and an operation to contain the leak is underway.
Health Minister Rajesh Tope told reporters: “According to information we have, 11 ventilator patients at Nashik hospital have died. oxygen to these patients. The interrupted feeding could be linked to the deaths of the 11 patients at the hospital. “
He also said that “the government will issue a press note after gathering more information and promising an investigation into the matter.
Some relatives of patients who died from COVID-19 have alleged that “decreased oxygen supply” has claimed the lives of their loved ones.
Several states are facing a shortage of medical oxygen, particularly Maharashtra being one of the states most affected by the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, 58,924 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Maharashtra in the past 24 hours, according to the state health ministry. As many as 52,412 people have recovered during this period and 351 have died. The total number of cases reached 38.98,262 while the death toll reached 60,824