Chief minister orders probe into hospital ‘oxygen deaths’

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Bhimrao Ambedkar Hospital in Raipur. Photo: The Indian Express

Following reports of three infants dying at Raipur’s Bhimrao Ambedkar Hospital, allegedly due to oxygen supply problems, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has ordered a probe, ANI reported. However, the chief minister described the tragedy as “a matter of slight negligence.”

Reports said a hospital employee, Ravi Chandra, who was allegedly in an inebriated state, accidentally switched off the oxygen supply for nearly 30 minutes, which resulted in the deaths.

However, hospital officials claimed that there was no shortage of oxygen. Director of health services R Prasanna told ANI, “Yesterday there was a drop in oxygen pressure; there was no cut in the oxygen supply. Immediately, when there was a drop in pressure, information was given to the chief medical officer and the medical superintendent, who immediately intervened and sorted the issue. The death of children is due to illness whose information will be shared shortly.”

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister was quoted as saying, “I have spoken to the director of health. He took immediate action against the drunk staff member who is responsible for this incident. The issue here is that of being more careful and the director is looking into it.”

NDTV reported that Chandra was suspended from the hospital and arrested.

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