Nagpur: The issue of death of 21 patients at Regional Hospital near Pagalkhaana square in Nagpur was raised in ongoing assembly session here on Thursday. Amid the chaotic scenes the Public Health and Family Planning Minister Deepak Sawant assured in a written reply that a death audit would be conducted to get into the matter.
A call attention motion to this regard was raised by Nagpur MLAs Milind Mane, Sudhakar Kohle, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Krishna Khopde, Vikas Kumbhare and SP MLA Abu Azmi.
The legislators drew the attention towards series of irregularities prevailing in the hospital apart from the death of 21 patients. The lack of proper treatment, inhuman treatment to the patients, shortage of essential medicines, patients being thrashed and ill-treated by class IV staff in the hospital are few of the complaints that were reported to medical superintendent of the hospital.
A reply was sought into the suspicious death of a patient named Manohar Ahuja. The hospital witnessed the death of 21 patients from April 2016 to November 2016.
In his reply Sawant clarified that the deceased Ahuja was suffering from schizophrenia. He would get violent after administering the dose which was later withdrawn and he died on August 22, 2016. He clarified that the death was due to natural reasons. The post mortem report also pointed out injury marks on his body, however, that was not the reason of his death. A two-member committee was also formed to probe the death. The committee reported that the patient had developed cyst in the artery.