Cumulative death toll reaches 70

by Aditya Kumar

A Surge in Deaths: Nagpur Grapples with Healthcare Crisis

The city of Nagpur in central India has been facing a healthcare crisis as hospitals report a surge in deaths. In a span of 24 hours, the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (ICGMCH) recorded 14 and nine deaths respectively, totaling 25 fatalities. The death toll at the Shri Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Government Medical College (SCGMC) in Nanded reached 35 between Sunday and Tuesday, while the GMCH in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar reported 18 deaths over the same period.

Nagpur, known as the winter capital of the state, is a major healthcare hub that caters to patients not only from the local region but also from the neighboring states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. However, the recent surge in deaths has raised concerns about the quality of healthcare services being provided.

In response to the crisis, opposition leaders Vijay Wadettiwar and Ambadas Danve visited the hospitals to assess the situation. The state government, led by the BJP-Shiv Sena-NCP alliance, has announced a probe into the deaths. The government aims to investigate each case individually to determine if any lapses were made by doctors or hospital staff and whether there was a lack of essential equipment and medicines.

The opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi has demanded the resignation of the state’s Health Minister, Dr. Tanaji Sawant, and the Medical Education Minister, Hasan Mushrif. The Bombay High Court has also taken suo motu cognizance of the deaths at the hospitals in Nanded and Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar. A division bench of the court has asked the Advocate General to provide details of the state’s budgetary allocation for healthcare.

The tragic deaths in Nagpur’s hospitals have drawn sharp criticism from political leaders. Nana Patole, the state Congress President, expressed his concerns stating, “It has once again become evident that the Shinde-Fadnavis-Pawar state government is utterly indifferent and thick-skinned. It’s deeply troubling that these deaths are occurring due to a lack of medicines.”

Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray took to Twitter to express his outrage, stating, “Even more heartbreaking, when it’s newborn babies that die due to the absolute and shameless incompetence of the state government.” He criticized the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister for not visiting the affected cities and families. Thackeray also highlighted the government’s focus on cabinet expansion and political matters while the healthcare crisis deteriorates.

The current situation in Nagpur highlights the pressing need for effective healthcare infrastructure, adequate medical supplies, and improved patient care. The government’s promise of a thorough investigation is essential in identifying the reasons behind the surge in deaths and taking appropriate measures to prevent such tragedies in the future. Additionally, it serves as a reminder to prioritize the well-being and healthcare needs of the people, especially during times of crisis.

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