Twenty-two COVID-19 patients dead after oxygen cylinder leaked in Nashik

Twenty-two COVID-19 patients died today due to lack of oxygen in Nashik, after an oxygen tanker leaked outside a hospital in the Maharashtra.

Oxygen supply halted for around 30 minutes at the Zakir Hussain municipal hospital in Nashik, due to the interruption of oxygen supply 22 people have died.

“As per current information, 22 people have died due to the interrupted supply of oxygen” said district collector Suraj Mandhare

All the patients were on ventilators and in need of constant oxygen supply in the hospital.  Zakir Hussain Hospital is a Covid-dedicated facility and around 150 patients here are oxygen-dependent or on ventilators.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope assured that the government will look into the matter and conduct a thorough investigation.

“As per the information available with us, patients who were on ventilators at the hospital in Nashik have died. The leakage was spotted at the oxygen tank which was supplying oxygen to these patients. The interrupted supply could be linked to the deaths of the patients in the hospital,” Tope said.

“We will issue a statement later after the investigation is over,” he further said.