New Delhi, June 8: In yet another case of medical negligence, five deaths were reported within 24 hours at the Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital in Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh. The relatives of the deceased patients claimed that failure of the air conditioning system in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ward led to the deaths in the hospital.

If reports are to be believed, the head nurse of the hospital had submitted a written complaint about it but the authorities did not pay any heed.  “Windows and doors around the ICU wing were opened to provide relief to the patients but it was not enough because of the intense heat across the city”, relatives said adding,”they even used hand fans but it was of no use, following which  five patients lost their lives.”

However, the hospital authorities denied the accusation. Saurabh Agarwal, in-charge for the ICU wing admitted that the ACs were not working but dismissed allegations that the deaths took place due to that.  Agarwal claimed that patients in ICU are always in serious conditions so the deaths occurred in these case were natural.

The principal of Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College also rubbished the allegations saying that 2 deaths occurred due to cardiac arrest and other 2 due to chronic illness.