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Delhi ICU deaths: Police arrest 2


First published: December 5, 2012, 10:17 PM IST | Updated: December 5, 2012
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Delhi ICU deaths: Police arrest 2
The two have been identified as Amit Katoch, a technician and Mohan Sharma, who works as a supervisor at the hospital.

New Delhi: The Delhi Police arrested two people in connection with the horrific deaths of patients caused due to negligence at the Sushruta Trauma Centre, a government hospital, in the capital on Tuesday evening. The two have been identified as Amit Katoch and Mohan Sharma. While Katoch is the technician who was on duty in the ICU ward on the fateful night, Sharma works as a supervisor at the hospital.

The death toll had risen to five by Wednesday morning after another patient died. All the five patients at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Trauma Centre died after the oxygen supply to their ventilator was allegedly stopped. An FIR was filed and the Delhi government set up a special panel to probe the mishap.

Hapless relatives of the deceased blamed the hospital authorities for the negligence but the hospital passed the buck. However, the authorities blamed the contractor for leaving only one untrained person in charge of the oxygen supply instead of the stipulated three people. The hospital authorities also said that only one cylinder, instead of 10 oxygen cylinders, was connected.

Delhi Health Minister AK Walia said, "The incident happened at 6:40 in the morning. The pressure of the oxygen being supplied to the patients was reduced which led to the death." One of the patient's landlord said, "My tenant was fine this morning. I don't know how it happened but I think the hospital was careless with the patients' oxygen supply."

Meanwhile, Delhi Government later in the day announced a compensation of Rs two lakh each to the next of kin of the persons who died in the hospital. Special Secretary in Health department SB Shashank will head the inquiry committee and it has been asked to file the report by Friday.

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