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Oxygen tank leak kills 22 Covid patients in Nashik hospital

Twenty-four Covid-19 patients died at a hospital run by the Nashik Municipal Corporation on Wednesday after oxygen supply was disrupted due to a leakage in the main oxygen storage tank.

Twenty-four Covid-19 patients died at a hospital run by the Nashik Municipal Corporation on Wednesday after oxygen supply

While 13 of the dead were 60-plus, the remaining were aged between 33 and 60 years. Twelve women were among the dead.

The 150-bed Dr Zakir Husain Hospital, which was converted into a dedicated Covid hospital last year, had 157 patients at the time of the incident, including 15 on ventilator and 131 on oxygen support. Of these, 61 patients had been listed as critical.

The state government announced a probe by a seven-member committee. Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the panel would be headed by Game. “If anyone is responsible for the deaths, they will face legal action,” he said.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the dead. Chhagan Bhujbal, Maharashtra Food and Civil Supplies Minister as well as guardian minister of Nashik district, said the Nashik Municipal Corporation would also give Rs 5 lakh each to the families.

While the Nashik Municipal Corporation had cleared the proposal to set up a liquid oxygen tank at the hospital in September last year, it was made operational only on March 31 this year. A private company, Taiyo Nippon Sanso, was roped in to set up and operate it.

The leakage was noticed around 12.30 pm, when relatives of patients started complaining about a disruption in oxygen supply.

“It so happened that at the time of the leakage, a refilling truck with technicians arrived at the spot. With their help, we were able to stop the leak. We managed to save around 25 per cent of the oxygen and supply was restored by around 2 pm,” said Kailash Jadhav, Commissioner, Nashik Municipal Corporation.

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