In a shocking incident, at least 18 patient died due to failure of power and oxygen cylinders in a Chennai hospital, early Friday, as heavy rainfall thrown life out of gear in several parts of Tamil Nadu.
According to media reports, the incident happened at the Madras Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology. Some patients were shifted to the hospital, among them 18 died due to ventilator failure during the treatment due to power outage.
“The MIOT Hospital was treating around 575 patients when the floods began. 75 of them were on the ventilator at the time, and 18 patients have now died due to unclear reasons. We managed to shift 57 of those critical patients to different hospitals,” Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan told ANI.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the situation. He announced Rs 1000 Crore immediate relief fund. The Central Government described the Chennai situation as “worrisome” and promised all possible support to the Tamil Nadu government in the hour of crisis.