Bhubaneswar hospital fire: 22 dead, medical facility sealed

At least seven fire tenders took around three hours to control the blaze and over a dozen ambulances deployed to shift the critical patients to other hospitals

Bhubaneswar hospital fire: 22 dead, medical facility sealed

A day after the major fire at a hospital in Bhubaneswar, authorities have sealed ravaged areas of the medical facility ahead of a thorough probe as the state government geared up to ensure proper treatment of patients shifted elsewhere.

According to a report in PTI, Health Secretary Arti Ahuja, who visited the private Hospital early in the day, said the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), dialysis and emergency units of the fire-hit medical facility have been sealed to ensure a proper investigation.

She added that as many as 106 persons, who were shifted from Sum Hospital following the blaze, are now undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the city.

Some patients have also been shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik visited some of the hospitals including AIIMS and AMRI Hospital here to enquire about the condition of the patients from Sum Hospital undergoing treatment there.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also offered his condolences to the bereaved and offered support to the State’s operations.

“Spoke to CM Naveen Patnaik about the distressing hospital fire tragedy. Assured all possible support from the Centre. (Also) spoke to (Union health) minister JP Nadda and asked him to facilitate transfer of all those injured to AIIMS. Hope the injured recover quickly,” Modi said in Twitter post.

State’s Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said the priority was to provide proper treatment to the patients from the fire-hit hospital who have been shifted to other medical facilities. At the same time, steps are being initiated to conduct a thorough investigation into the fire that broke out last night, he said.

Following the incident that had claimed 22 lives, the state government has already ordered a high-level probe by the Director, Medical Education and Training, into the incident.

Moreover, a probe by the revenue divisional commissioner (RDC) has also been ordered, an official said. Soon after the incident, the health minister had said last night that stringent action would be taken if the hospital authorities were found guilty of negligence.

Several other were injured in the incident that broke out at a dialysis unit of the private Hospital, in one of the worst such incidents involving a medical facility in Odisha.

The report said, 20 of the deceased have been identified and their bodies handed over to their families for cremation, an official said.

Most of the victims were from the ICU of the Sum Hospital who were receiving ventilatory support. Most of the deaths took place due to suffocation, he said.

The Odisha Chief Minister has directed the Government hospitals to provide necessary treatment to patients shifted from Sum Hospital and requested all private hospitals to extend treatment to patients from ill-fated medical facility.