Hyderabad, July 24: In a tragic incident, 21 patients died at a government hospital within a matter of hours in Hyderabad on Friday, July 22. Shockingly, the hospital staff blamed power cut for the deaths.
According to media reports, the horrific incident was reported from Gandhi hospital in Hyderabad. Hospital staff said that first power outage happened at 3 pm on Friday, after which power supply was intermittent. They also claimed that four generators on standby had also developed technical snags.
All 21 deaths in surgical intensive care unit, neo-natal intensive care unit, respiratory intensive care unit, acute medical care unit and the emergency ward were caused due to power failure, TOI reported.
However, it was also reported that out of 21 patients, some of them were on life support system, such as ventilators and incubators in the neo-natal ward and that's why they passed away.
Meanwhile, Telangana health minister Dr C Laxma Reddy said that the hospital gets"maximum number of last-stage cases" and it would be wrong to blame power cut for such a number of deaths in a single day.
On Monday, July 25, the reason behind 21 deaths would be probed to determine if any of them was directly or indirectly linked to the blackout.
One of the doctor said that he used his mobile torch to operate a 28-year-old man, suffering from infected intestine.
A source also claimed that on Friday, some attendants may have administered the oxygen in a wrong manner, although it is a responsibility of the medical staff to monitor patients under their care.
The families who lost their relatives are yet to respond on the serious issue.