Maharashtra hospital deaths: Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray on Friday attacked the Eknath Shinde-led Maharashtra government over the death of several patients in state-run hospitals in a short span, reported the PTI.
Uddhav Thackeray alleged that people were losing lives due to its corrupt governance, as per the PTI.
Addressing a press conference in Mumbai, Uddhav Thackeray also said that the government has money to run its advertisements, but no funds to save the lives of people, the news agency reported.
The former state chief minister alleged that medicines were being procured without the tendering process.
“If that is going to happen, then you are opening the doors for corruption. People are losing lives because of their corrupt governance,” Uddhav Thackeray alleged.
Thirty-one patients, including infants, died at the Dr Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College and Hospital in Nanded in 48 hours since September 30, while the death of 18 patients was recorded at the Government Medical College and Hospital at Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar between October 2 and 3.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Thursday ordered every district collector in Maharashtra to immediately visit and inspect all government hospitals, municipal and municipal hospitals, primary health centers, and hospitals under the jurisdiction of medical colleges and submit a report on the current situation.
CM Shinde also gave clear instructions for district collectors to visit government hospitals on a regular basis and said that there is total medicine and powers have also been given to the District Collector, ANI reported. He also directed officials to ensure that there is no delay in the purchase of medicine.
Chief Secretary Manoj Saunik, Additional Chief Secretary of Public Health Department Milind Mhaiskar, Principal Secretary of Medical Education Department Dinesh Waghmare, along with senior officials of the Health and Medical Education Departments and all the collectors of the state, were present in this meeting.
“The health system is the highest priority of the state government, and the state government is working to prepare a short-term and long-term plan for strengthening the health system and will not let the funds fall short to implement it,” he said.
“District collectors should consider the responsibility of the health system in their district and visit different government hospitals in the district every day to review and take appropriate steps immediately,” he said.
(with PTI and ANI inputs)