An unfortunate incident took lives of at least 22 people when an oxygen tanker leak incident at Dr Zakir Hussain Hospital in Maharashtra’s Nashik district on Wednesday.
“It is an unfortunate incident. We are trying to get a detailed report. We have ordered an enquiry as well. Anyone found responsible will not be spared,” Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Minister Rajendra Shingane told media persons.
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis termed the incident as “terrible” and demanded an enquiry into the tragedy. “What happened in Nashik is terrible. I demand that the other patients be helped and shifted if needed. We demand a detailed enquiry,” he told a news agency.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays condolences
PM Modi says the incident is heart-wrenching and he is anguished by the loss of lives.
“The tragedy at a hospital in Nashik because of oxygen tank leakage is heart-wrenching. Anguished by the loss of lives due to it. Condolences to the bereaved families in this sad hour,” PM Modi tweeted.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressed grief
Amit Shah expressed deepest condolences to the family members of patients who lost their lives in the incident.
”I am distressed to hear the news of the accident of oxygen leak in a hospital in Nashik. I express my deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones in this accident.
”I pray to God for the speedy recovery of all the other patients,” Shah tweeted in Hindi.
An oxygen tanker leaked while tankers were being filled at Dr Zakir Hussain Hospital here today. Officials were also present at the spot and an operation to contain the leak is underway. Several states are facing a shortage of medical oxygen, especially Maharashtra.
58,924 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Maharashtra in the last 24 hours, according to the state health ministry. As many as 52,412 people recovered in the said period and 351 died. The total case tally reached 38,98,262 while the death toll reached 60,824.