Power outage has claimed the lives of three Covid-19 patients at the ward of the state-run Hamidia hospital, the largest hospital in Bhopal, the capital of central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, on Friday evening.
However, Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government in Madhya Pradesh has ordered a probe into the incident.
On Friday from 5.48pm the Covid-19 ward faced hours-long power outage. The electricity supply was restored at around 7.45pm only. A total of 64 Covid-19 patients were admitted to the ward. Many of them were on high flow oxygen support.
Even though power back-up system was there at the hospital, the generator had stopped working. And, even diesel was not available to run it.
Amid chaotic situation, former Congress Corporator Mohd Akbar Khan (67) died, while two others also got critical and died later. Khan’s brother alleged that the death caused due to hospital’s mismanagement, as there was no fuel to run the generators.
Divisional Commissioner to probe power outage
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Chouhan has ordered Divisional Commissioner Kavindra Kiyawat to probe into the power outage matter and submit a report by Saturday evening.
“No doubt, it is a very serious matter,” said the Madhya Pradesh Medical Education Minister, Vishwas Sarang.
The government has suspended a PWD engineer, who was in-charge of maintaining the power back up. Meanwhile, the government issued notices to the Dean of Gandhi Medical College and Superintendent of Hamidia hospital.
The government also served notice on the physician responsible for issuing a certificate of proper arrangements in the hospital and the guilty will be punished, said the minister.
“The incident at Hamidia hospital has shown the real face of the Shivraj government,” said Congress spokesperson Bhupendra Gupta. He claimed that the state government has been trying to hush-up the matter by taking action on a junior-level officer.
Under the Public Health ACT 1949 Section 71 (2), the government has vested authority on Chief Medical & Health Officer and Civil Surgeons of the district to ensure control of COVID outbreak.