Twelve newborns and as many adults died in the last 24 hours at a government hospital in Maharashtra’s Nanded, the hospital dean said, blaming a shortage of medicines and hospital staff.
Of the 24 deaths in the last 24 hours, 12 adults died due to “various ailments, mainly snakebites”, said the dean of Nanded’s Shankarrao Chavan Government Hospital.
“Six male and six female babies died in the last 24 hours. Twelve adults also died due to various ailments, mainly snakebites. We had some problems as several staff members were transferred,” he said.
“We are a tertiary level healthcare center and the only place within a radius of 70 to 80 km. Patients come to us from far away. Some days the number of patients increases and that creates a problem for the budget,” he said.
“There is a Haffkine institute. We were supposed to buy medicines from them, but that didn’t happen. But we did buy medicines locally and provided them to the patients,” the dean added.
The opposition in Maharashtra launched an all-out attack on the Eknath Shinde government in the state, saying the “three-engine sarkar (of the BJP, Eknath Shinde Sena and the Ajit Pawar faction of NCP) should take responsibility”.