Chennai; Dec.4: Around 18 patients died on Friday at the MIOT hospital in Chennai due to failure of power and oxygen cylinders. According to a police report, the ICU patients were on ventilator when they passed away this morning.
MIOT hospital, located on the banks of Adyar river, was already flooded due to the rains. The bodies have been shifted to Royapettah government hospital.
Speaking to reporters, some relatives of those dead alleged that those on life support like ventilator and oxygen could not be continuously given such backup as the generator room was flooded.
Reports quoted state health secretary, J Radhakrishnan, saying that all of whom who died at the MIOT hospital were 'highly critical' and all other patients from MIOT have been evacuated.
Radhakrishnan said MIOT Hospital was treating 575 patients when floods started; 75 critical patients were on ventilator.
He further said 57 were shifted to different hospitals, 18 patients died. Reason of death unclear and investigation is underway.