The Dr. Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Nanded have reported 24 deaths, including 12 newborn babies, within a 24-hour period from Saturday to Sunday. This incident has raised concerns, especially as a similar situation occurred in August when 18 deaths were reported at a government-run hospital in Thane.
Opposition parties have criticized the state government, alleging a failure to maintain the supply of essential medicines in the hospitals. Currently, 70 patients are in critical condition and fighting for their lives at GMCH, Nanded.
Former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and District Collector Abhijit Raut visited the hospital to assess the situation after learning about the incident.
Hospital Superintendent Dr. SR Wakode confirmed the 24 deaths, including six newborn females. Eight of the deceased newborns passed away within zero to three days of birth, while four were referred to GMCH, Nanded, in critical condition from private hospitals and neighboring districts.
Dr. Wakode acknowledged recent staff transfers but stated that they ensured the quality of health services remained unaffected. Regarding allegations of a shortage of essential medicines, he explained that some medications were supposed to be purchased from the Haffkine Institute but were not procured, leading to problems. The hospital’s budget for medicines also falls short due to the high number of patients from neighboring districts, including those bordering Telangana.
However, Dr. Wakode emphasized that they always prioritize obtaining essential medicines, even if it means purchasing them from the local budget.
The 12 adult patients who passed away in the 24-hour period succumbed to various causes, including heart attacks, food poisoning, kidney failure, complications during delivery, injuries from accidents, and stomach ailments. The incident has sparked strong political reactions.