Goa: 13 more COVID-19 patients die at GMCH, toll reaches 75 in four days

As many as thirteen more COVID-19 patients succumbed to the virus at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in the early hours of Friday. Including these, a total of 75 people have died due to the virus at the hospital in the last four days.

This comes even as the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court is hearing petitions related to deaths during the “dark hours” at the government-run facility.

The state government has cited ‘logistic issues’ related to the supply of medical oxygen for the deaths even though the exact cause is yet to be revealed. As per the state government, a total of 26 patients had died at the GMCH on Tuesday, 21 on Wednesday, 15 on Thursday and 13 on Friday.

On Thursday, the government formed a three-member committee to inquire into the oxygen supply issue at Goa Medical College and Hospital.

“The Competent Authority has decided to appoint three members for the Committee to inquire into the oxygen supply issues at GMC: Dr BK Mishra-Director-IIT Chairperson; Dr VN Jindal-Ex Dean GMC – Member and Dr Tariq Thomas, Secretary (UD)-Member, Convenor”, read the order by Office of the Secretary, Revenue Member Secretary, SEC and SDMA of the Goa government.

The Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Committee are to ascertain the adequacy of the oxygen supply to GMC; to ascertain the efficiency of the oxygen supply chain; to examine the process of administration of oxygen at GMC, and give recommendations for its improvement.

To recommend improvement in the complete chain of oxygen delivery at GMC is also one of the ToR.

“The Committee will have to finish the task within the next 3 days. The Secretary (Health) will is also directed to provide necessary support to the Committee in timely completion of the task. This is issued with the approval of the Competent Authority”, informed Sanjay Kumar, Secretary, Revenue Member Secretary, SEC and SDMA. 

Goa Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant on Wednesday visited the medical oxygen tank at South Goa District Hospital (SGDH), Margao where an incident of leakage had taken place on Tuesday afternoon due to which one person sustained injuries. The Chief Minister also held a meeting with the hospital authorities and discussed various issues related to second wave of the pandemic.

(With inputs from DNA India)

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