Bhubaneswar: At least 19 patients have died and more than 106 injured after a major fire broke out in the Intensive Care Unit of the Dialysis ward in the first floor of Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) and Sum Hospital here in the Capital City on Monday evening due to electric short circuit.
Sources said 14 dead bodies are in Capital hospital and eight are at AMRI Hospital
According to an eyewitness, fire has broken out in the Intensive Care Unit of the Dialysis ward in the first floor of the hospital due to electric short circuit.
According to the reliable sources in the leading private hospital as many as 30 patients were present in the ICU when the fire broke out in the medicine ICU and all of them were immediately removed.
Meanwhile, all the patients in the ICU have been shifted to other Hospitals in the city.
Five fire tenders were pressed in to douse the fire while five 108 ambulance vans are also helping patients to bring out of the hospital.
Twin City Police Commissioner Y.B. Khurania said: “Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi rushed to the spot and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) team members also involved in the rescue operations.”
Bronto skylift fire tender used to reach high-rise was pressed into service.
Critical patients are being shifted to Capital hospital and 3 other private hospitals
Meanwhile, Health and Family Welfare Secretary Arti Ahuja has ordered an inquiry into the incident of fire at the hospital.
Ahuja said the inquiry committee will have Director Medical Education and Training (DMET), Fire Safety Officer and Khordha Collector as its members. She said the committee will inquire into the cause of the fire and whether there was any lapse on the part of the hospital authorities.
Further, Ahuja has put authorities of Capital Hospital, SCB Medical College and Hospital and other hospitals on alert in view of critical patients being shifted from Sum Hospital to these hospitals.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also condoled the loss of lives in the mishap.
“Deeply anguished by the loss of lives in the hospital fire in Odisha. The tragedy is mind-numbing. My thoughts are with bereaved families,” PM tweeted.
In another tweet the PM wrote: Spoke to Minister Union Health Minister @JPNadda & asked him to facilitate transfer of all those injured to AIIMS. Hope the injured recover quickly.
Also spoken to Petroleum And Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and asked him to ensure all possible help to the injured and affected.
Spoke to CM @Naveen_Odisha about the distressing hospital fire tragedy. Assured all possible support from the Centre, PM said in another tweet.
Union Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in his tweet wrote: “Spoke to Health Minister of Odisha & offered all possible help as mentioned by Hon’ble PM to State Govt in dealing with this tragic incident.”
Odsha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik isited Capital Hospital to enquire about the health patients admitted there and directed all Government and private hospitals to ensure adequate treatment of critical patients.
The CM also announced an RDC inquiry into the mishap and directed all the hospital authorities to provide free treatment to all the injured patients.
“Expenses for treatment of the injured persons in the fire incident to be borne by State Government from CM relief fund,” the CM tweeted.