24 people, including 12 newborn babies, died in a hospital in maharashtra on a single day. A government hospital in Maharashtra's Nanded has reported 12 new-born and adult deaths in the past 24 hours, said the dean of the hospital. He blamed shortage of medicines and hospital staff.

Of the 24 deaths in the last 24 hours, 12 were adults "suffering from various diseases." Six boys and six girls died in the last 24 hours. The twelve elders died of various diseases, mostly snake bites. "We faced some difficulties as various employees were transferred," he said.

"We are a tertiary care center and the only place within a radius of 70 to 80 km. So, patients come to us from far-off places. Some days, the number of patients increases and it creates a problem.

"There is a company called Halfkine. We were supposed to buy the drugs from them, but that didn't happen either. But we bought the drugs locally and gave them to the patients," Dean added. Calling the deaths "unfortunate", chief minister Eknath Shinde told reporters in mumbai that action would be taken after seeking more information about what happened at the hospital. This incident is shocking. Opposition parties in maharashtra have launched an all-out attack on the Eknath Shinde government in the state, saying the "triple engine government (BJP, Eknath Shinde Sena and ajit pawar wing of the NCP) must take charge". "A total of 24 lives have been lost. Seventy are still critically injured.

There is a shortage of medical facilities and staff. Many nurses were transferred and were not replaced. Many machines are not working. The capacity of the hospital is 500, but 1,200 patients are admitted. I will speak to ajit pawar (about it). The government should look into the matter closely and control the situation," former maharashtra chief minister and congress veteran ashok chavan said after visiting the hospital today.

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