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HC should investigate COVID-19 deaths during wee hours at GMCH: Rane

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Panaji: Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Tuesday sought investigation by the High Court as to why there are sudden deaths of COVID-19 patients during the wee hours between 2 a.m to 6 a.m in Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).

Talking to reporters, Rane said that the deaths between 2 am to 6 am are ‘a fact’ and the reasons behind it should be investigated by the High Court.

He said that the High Court should also intervene and prepare White Paper on Oxygen supply to GMCH, which would help to set the things right.

The Health Minister said that 26 COVID-19 patients had died at GMCH between 2 am to 6 am on Tuesday.

The minister was talking to reporters after Chief Minister Pramod Sawant’s visit to GMCH where he had admitted of Oxygen shortage in the hospital due to administrative issues.

Sawant had said that he would set up ward wise mechanism to ensure supply of Oxygen to the patients.

Admitting the short supply, Rane said that the requirement of GMCH on Monday was 1,200 Jumbo Oxygen Cylinders of which only 400 were supplied, resulting into the shortage.

“If there’s short supply of Oxygen, the discussion should be around how to bridge the gap,” he said.

Rane also said that the three-member team of Nodal Officers set up by the state government to oversee COVID-19 treatment at GMCH, should also provide their inputs about the issues to the Chief Minister.

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