At least 22 Covid patients have died after a leak cut off their oxygen supply for around 30 minutes.
On Wednesday, April 21, an oxygen tanker was filling a storage tank at the Zakir Hussain hospital in Nashik city when the incident occurred.
The supply was cut off after a leak in one of the storage tankers at Dr. Zakir Hussain Municipal Hospital, according to Nashik district collector Suraj Mandhare.
Before the incident, all of the patients were on ventilators and needed continuous oxygen.
Gas was leaking from the tanker outside the hospital, and white fumes quickly covered the area, according to video from the scene.
According to Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope, 157 patients were being treated at the Covid-19 hospital in Nashik. “Of the 157 patients, 61 were in critical condition, with others requiring the use of a ventilator and oxygen.
There are 11 men and 11 women among the 22 people who have died.”
The Health Minister also said that the government would investigate the situation and conduct a comprehensive investigation.
“According to the details we have, patients on ventilators at a hospital in Nashik have died,” Mr. Tope says. “A leak was discovered at the oxygen tank that was supplying oxygen to these patients, and the disrupted supply may be connected to their deaths.”
“After the investigation is completed, we will make a release,” he said.
The Zakir Hussain Hospital is a Covid-accredited hospital. Around 150 patients were oxygen-dependent or required the use of ventilators.