The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to a top government official after 21 patients died due to power failure at the state-run Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad, Telengana on July 22.
A spokesman of the NHRC said the notice had been issued to the Principal Secretary, Department of Medical Health & the Family Welfare, Government of Telengana, calling for a report in the matter within six weeks.
The NHRC has also asked to inform them about the steps taken regarding relief granted to the affected families.
The NHRC issued notice to the authority today while taking a suo-motu cognizance of a media report which said 21 patients died in a single day at the hospital due to power failure.
On the fateful day, power supply first tripped around 3.00 pm on the and thereafter, it continued to do so at regular intervals, according to reports in the local media.
Although, there were four generators as standby, they developed snags and could not be used when power went off.
Reports stated the deaths occurred in the specialty wards, including the surgical intensive unit, respiratory intensive care unit, acute medical unit, neo-natal intensive care ward and the emergency ward.