Karnataka orders probe into death of 24 people due to oxygen shortage in Chamarajanagar

Following the death of 24 Covid (23 in Govt hospital and 1 in private hospital) patients at the Chamarajanagar district hospital, allegedly due to shortage of oxygen, the state government on Monday appointed IAS officer Shivayogi Kalasad to probe the incident and submit a report in three days.

“The death between 9 am on May 2 and 7 am on May 3 was of extreme concern and the government has taken the issue seriously,” an order said.

Kalasad, the KSRTC Managing Director, has been named as the investigating officer. The order was issued by N Manjunatha Prasad, Member-Secretary, Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that he issued directions to Director General of Police Praveen Sood for a comprehensive report on the incident.

However, the Chamarajanagar district administration has attributed 12 deaths to oxygen shortage, maintaining that the remaining deaths were due to various comorbidities of the patients.


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