In a heart-wrenching incident that has sent shockwaves through the region, 31 individuals, including 16 infants, tragically lost their lives within a 24-hour period at a government hospital in Nanded, Maharashtra. The incident has raised concerns about the healthcare infrastructure and facilities in the state.
The tragedy unfolded at the Shanakarrao Chavan Medical College and Hospital, where a Member of Parliament (MP) from the Shiv Sena party, Hemant Patil, representing the neighboring Hingoli Lok Sabha constituency, took an unprecedented step to draw attention to the dire conditions at the hospital.
On Tuesday, MP Hemant Patil visited the hospital and, upon encountering an unsanitary restroom, confronted the hospital’s Dean, Dr. Shyamrao Wakode. In a shocking and symbolic act, Patil asked Dr. Wakode to personally clean the restroom. The incident was captured on video, with Dr. Wakode seen using a wiper while MP Patil assisted by spraying water into the toilet.
The tragic incident initially came to light on Monday when Dr. Wakode, the Dean of Doctor Shanakarrao Chavan Hospital, reported a disturbing death toll within a 24-hour period. He stated that six male and six female newborns had tragically passed away during that time. Additionally, he mentioned that 12 adults had succumbed to various conditions, including snake bites, among others.
However, as investigations into the incident continued, the death toll continued to rise, ultimately reaching a staggering 31 lives lost. This included seven more individuals, including four infants, reportedly losing their lives in the span of 24 hours.
Hospital authorities have attributed these tragic deaths to a shortage of necessary medicines and a lack of sufficient staff employed at the premises. This incident has sparked outrage among the public, and questions are being raised about the state of healthcare facilities and their readiness to handle medical emergencies in Maharashtra.
The tragic incident has not only exposed the dire conditions at the Nanded hospital but has also led to a broader debate on healthcare infrastructure and the need for urgent reforms in the state’s healthcare system to prevent such tragedies from happening in the future.