Shocking Tragedy Unfolds: 18 Lives Lost in Thane’s Civic Hospital in 24 Hours, Igniting Outrage and Demands for Answers!

In a distressing turn of events, a total of 18 patients were lost within a mere 24-hour span at Thane’s civic-run hospital in Maharashtra. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial (CSMM) Hospital in Kalwa, Thane – a government-operated medical facility – became the site where this grievous incident unfolded. The shocking demise of five patients on August 10th not only stirred public sorrow but also triggered a forceful political response.

Of the unfortunate victims, 10 women and eight men were found, originating from various locations including Thane city, Kalyan, Sahapur, Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar, and Govandi in Mumbai. Remarkably, one patient originated from elsewhere, while another’s identity remains unknown. Tragically, 12 of the deceased were aged above 50.

Condolences were conveyed by Sharad Pawar, Chief of the Nationalist Congress Party, while the district administration was sharply criticized for perceived inaction. His sentiments were shared via Twitter, stating, “A heart-wrenching incident unfolded at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital in Kopari, Thane Municipal Corporation, where 17 patients lost their lives. It’s deeply unfortunate that the administration remained passive even after five patients had recently succumbed. Heartfelt condolences are extended to the grieving families, and honor is paid to the departed.”

Media reports have highlighted that a significant portion of the patients who met this tragic fate were undergoing treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

As the situation evolved, the death toll was later updated. Thane Municipal Commissioner Abhijit Bangar clarified, “In the past 48 hours, 18 deaths have been reported. Some of these patients were already receiving treatment for various conditions, including chronic kidney disease, pneumonia, kerosene poisoning, road accidents, and other causes.” The announcement was made regarding the formation of an impartial investigative committee charged with examining whether the patients had received proper and timely medical attention.

In response to the gravity of the situation, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde took action to establish an independent probe committee. The committee, headed by the commissioner of health services, includes officials such as the collector, civic chief, director of health services, an expert from the state-run JJ Hospital in Mumbai, and the civic surgeon. The main task that has been assigned to them is delving into the clinical aspects surrounding these unfortunate deaths.

Sympathy for the affected families and vows of swift action and compensation if any negligence is uncovered were expressed by Maharashtra Minister Deepak Kesarkar.

This poignant incident has galvanized a strong demand for accountability and stringent protocols to prevent the recurrence of such heartrending episodes in the future.

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