Kin claim oxygen shortage led to 10 deaths in 2 Maha hospitals

Kin claim oxygen shortage led to 10 deaths in 2 Maha hospitals

Mumbai, Apr 13 (PTI) Relatives of 10 COVID-19 patients
who succumbed at two hospitals in adjoining Palghar district
alleged that a shortage of oxygen led to the deaths, a charge
denied by civic authorities and the management of the medical
facilities on Tuesday.

On Monday, seven coronavirus patients died in Vinayaka
Hospital, located in Nalasopara east, while three others
succumbed in Riddhi Vinayak Hospital, which is in the western
part of the township, some 60 kilometres from Mumbai.

Angry relatives of the patients claimed that a lack of
oxygen supply at the hospitals led to the deaths.

The issue got escalated after former mayor of Vasai
Virar Municipal Corporation Rajeev Patil, in an audio clip,
claimed that a shortage of oxygen, required for treatment of
critical patients, led to the deaths at the hospitals, which
fall under the jurisdiction of the civic body.

Refuting the allegations, Kishore Gavas, deputy
commission, Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation, on Tuesday
said the deaths occurred as the patients were critical.

Both hospitals have ample oxygen stock, the civic
official said.

Seconding Gavas, a release from Vinayaka Hospital said
it has “a huge supply of oxygen” and, hence, the cause of
death of these patients being attributed to its shortage was
“factually incorrect”.

“We have received oxygen supply from the (civic)
corporation and like us there is no shortage of the oxygen in
any other hospital as well.

“Hence, the shortage of the life-saving gas is not the
reality here,” the hospital”s release added.

On Monday, a large number of people had gathered at
the hospitals after word spread that the deaths were caused
due to a shortage of medical oxygen.

Police personnel were deployed in strength to prevent
any untoward incident, a police official said had said.

Former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya had tweeted that seven
COVID-19 patients died at a hospital in Nallasopara due to
“defect in oxygen supply”. PTI ND BNM

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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