Oxygen tank leaks at Nashik hospital
Supply cut off and Kovid victims killed
150 patients were hospitalized at the time of the accident
Nashik / Mumbai: This is a terrible incident when the corona epidemic is suffocating. The 24 full lives of the oxygen-deprived life-savers are in the air. The hospital where they had to heal was the altar for them. The incident took place at Zakir Hussain Municipal Hospital in Nashik, Maharashtra, on Wednesday afternoon. Oxygen leaked from a storage plant on the hospital premises. As a result, the performance of the main storage tank deteriorated. The supply of oxygen to the patients suddenly stopped. The hospital had up to 150 patients at the time. 23 of whom were on a ventilator. The rest are provided with oxygen in normal form. Covid patients on the ventilator had their supplies cut off and suffocated to death.
What happened while filling with oxygen?
One argument is that the socket to the oxygen storage tank broke at around 10 a.m. and leaked from the valve. Others say the accident happened while filling a storage tank with oxygen from an outside tanker. Leakage was identified by staff at 12.30 p.m. Together with the tanker crew from outside, the technical staff at the hospital closed the tank valve, threatening further leakage. Some patients were relocated. Dura cylinders from other parts of the city were brought in to provide oxygen to the patients. The horror that had already happened had already taken place. Of the 22 people who died early, 11 were women and 11 were men. Two others died after that. Authorities say the deaths were not linked to oxygen leaks.
Came to a normal state
District Collector Suraj Mandhare said a private company was looking after the management of the oxygen storage tank. Divisional Revenue Commissioner Radhakrishna Game said that the leakage has now been contained, the tank has been repaired and the oxygen supply has returned to normal. The video of oxygen leaking from the storage plant went viral on social media this morning. Relatives of the patients and people from nearby areas flocked to the hospital wards. The perpetrators of the incident were demanded to be severely punished. At that time the cries of the relatives of the victims were heard on the hospital premises. Police officers reached there and brought the situation under control.
Rs 5 lakh compensation
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the deceased. State Health Minister Ramesh Top said all the dead were not Kovid victims. He explained that the liquid oxygen stored in the tank had a temperature of minus 180 degrees Celsius, that there was tremendous pressure on the tank walls, and that the tank contained up to 25 percent oxygen at the time of the accident. Is there staff negligence behind the leakage? The matter is being investigated. The Chief Minister’s Office announced that a high-level committee has been set up to investigate the incident.
Shock over the incident
President Ramnath Kovind commented that he was deeply saddened by the accident. He conveys his deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this unfortunate incident. Prime Minister Narendra Modi commented that the Nashik hospital incident had melted his heart. I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the deceased at this critical time. Among those who expressed condolences to the families of the deceased were Home Minister Amit Shah, top Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.