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In a major tragedy, at least 24 patients have died after an oxygen tank leaked in a hospital in Maharashtra’s Nashik.

22 patients die in Nashik hospital after oxygen leak from tanker

As many as 24 patients died after oxygen leaked from a tanker at a hospital in Maharashtra. Around 171 patients were present at the Zakir Hussain Hospital in Nashik on Wednesday when the incident took place. The oxygen supply was cut for around 30 minutes due to which the deaths took place.

Kailash Jadhav, Commissioner, Nashik Municipal Corporation, said that the people died after oxygen was stopped.
People died because the pressure reduced due to the leak in the oxygen tank which is provided by a private company. That company looks after the maintenance of this tank,” Nashik Collector Suraj Mandhare said.

“It’s an unfortunate incident. We’re trying to get a detailed report. We’ve ordered an inquiry as well. Those who are responsible will not be spared,” FDA Minister Dr Rajendra Shingane said.

Union Minister Amit Shah extended his condolences to the family of the deceased and tweeted: “I am distressed to hear the news of oxygen leak at a hospital in Nashik. I express my deepest condolences on this irreparable loss of those who have lost their loved ones in this incident. I pray to God for the efficiency of all the other patients.”

“What happened in Nashik is terrible. It’s being said that 11 people died which is very disturbing. I demand that the other patients be helped and shifted if needed. We demand a detailed inquiry,” Devendra Fadnavis was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.

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