Chennai: 18 die in MIOT, water gushed in hospital, staff missing

18 patients have died in the Madras Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology hospital (MIOT), Chennai after staff went missing as water gushed into the hospital and electricity went down.  All the 18 patients who died were admitted in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and police has registered a case under CrPC 174.

According to reports, more than 18 patients died within 10 minutes from 11 pm to 11:10 pm on Thursday as oxygen flow stopped after hospital staff ran away. While more than 50 patients were transferred to other hospitals by their relatives and friends and hospital staff didn’t have the courtesy to arrange ambulance or drop the patients till the gates, reported relative of one the patient in MIOT hospital.

Reacting on the case, Tamil Nadu health secretary J Radhakrishnan said that Government Royapettah Hospital (GRH) is carrying out the autopsy and the government and police both are waiting for the results. He further added that police can only take action after the reports of autopsy.

Police reported that hospital suffered acute powercut after rainwater gushed into the generator room. The water flow was such massive that ground floor of all four blocks of the hospital got submerged in water and entire hospital staff ran towards the upper floor. According to hospital officials, staff of the hospital helped in shifting 575 patients out of the flooded wards but countering it relatives of the patients said that staff and concerned authorities refused to arrange an ambulance and even did not help in shifting patients.

Explaining the cause of death, MIOT authorities said everything happened after the Adyar River broke in the gates of the hospital and generator system and electrical circuitry went down. Without the electricity, hospital suffered major blackout and patients died due to lack of medical facilities. In addition, doctors and staff too didn’t appear on Friday.

A relative of a patient said that conditions at the hospital were very poor after none of the staff turned up on Friday and Saturday. There was no electricity, they collected rain water for toilet purposes, no hot water was available for patients except for few nurses who gave  120ml oats and a slice of bread for patients.

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