Bhubaneswar fire as it happened: Odisha govt orders probe; cause can be ascertained after inquiry, say hospital authority

Oct, 18 2016 IST

  • 13:33 (IST)

    Hospital assures cooperation in inquiries ordered by state

     

    SUM hospital announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for each victim and free treatment for all the injured, including those being treated in other hospitals. Amit Banerjee, vice-chancellor of Siksha O Anusandhan (SOA) university, which runs the hospital, said the hospital would extend the fullest cooperation in the two inquiries ordered by the government — one each by the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) and the Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET).

     

    He said the cause of the mishap can be ascertained only after a proper inquiry. He said hospital staff exhibited exemplary professionalism in evacuating patients after the mishap. Otherwise, the casualty figure would have been much higher, he claimed. The university would observe a seven-day mourning but classes would be suspended only for Tuesday so as not to affect studies.

     

    PRO Jyoti Prakash Das said patients, who had left the hospital in panic on Monday, have started coming back. Except the emergency ward, dialysis ward and emergency ward, which have been sealed by the police for the ongoing inquiry ordered by the government, other departments are functioning normally, he said. 

     

    - Sandeep Sahu

  • 13:24 (IST)

    106 patients undergoing treatment

     

    As many as 106 patients, who were shifted from SUM Hospital following the fire, are now undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the city, said Health Secretary Arti Ahuja. 

     

    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. 

     

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  • 13:10 (IST)

    State to take care of the expenses for treatment of the injured

  • 13:09 (IST)

    Revenue Divisional commissioner to enquire into fire: Naveen Patnaik  

  • 13:00 (IST)

    Hospital authorities suspend three electricians

     

    SUM hospital authorities suspended three electricians for dereliction of duty. The hospital will provide free treatment to survivors, announced SUM hospital associate Dean and PRO Jyoti Prakash Das. Compensation will be announced for the victims soon, he added.

    After preliminary inquiry, Odisha Fire Services DG Binay Behera says prima facie, the fire appears to have been caused by an electrical short-circuit. Emergency ward, medicine ICU and dialysis ward have been sealed for inquiry, informed Health secretary Arati Ahuja. 

    Sandeep Sahu

     

     

  • 12:44 (IST)

    Hospital authorities suspend three electricians

     

    SUM hospital authorities suspended three electricians for dereliction of duty. The hospital will provide free treatment to survivors, announced SUM hospital associate Dean and PRO Jyoti Prakash Das. Compensation will be announced for the victims soon, he added.

     

    After preliminary inquiry, Odisha Fire Services DG Binay Behera says prima facie, the fire appears to have been caused by an electrical short-circuit. Emergency ward, medicine ICU and dialysis ward have been sealed for inquiry, informed Health secretary Arati Ahuja. 

     

    Sandeep Sahu

     

     

  • 12:33 (IST)

    Modi assures Centre's help

     

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and assured all possible help from the Centre. He also tweeted "My thoughts are with bereaved families."

  • 12:29 (IST)

    Visuals of the hospital where a major fire broke out on Monday evening 

A day after a major fire at a hospital in Bhubaneswar claimed 22 lives, ravaged areas of the medical facility were sealed on Tuesday ahead of a thorough probe as the state government geared up to ensure proper treatment of patients shifted elsewhere.

Health Secretary Arti Ahuja, who visited the private hospital this morning, said the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), dialysis and emergency units of the fire-hit medical facility have been sealed to ensure a proper investigation.

As many as 106 persons, who were shifted from SUM Hospital following the blaze, are now undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the city, she said. Some patients have also been shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack.

Bhubaneswar: Rescue work underway at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital in Bhubaneshwar. PTI

Bhubaneswar: Rescue work underway at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital in Bhubaneshwar. PTI

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik visited some of the hospitals including AIIMS and AMRI Hospital to enquire about the condition of the patients from SUM Hospital undergoing treatment there.

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.

The state government has already ordered a high-level probe by the Director, Medical Education and Training, into the incident. In addition, 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.

While 22 persons died, several others 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.

So far, 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 on ventilator support. Most of the deaths took place due to suffocation, he said.

The 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.

The blaze was suspected to have been triggered by an electric short-circuit in the dialysis ward on the first floor of the private hospital which spread to the nearby ICU. The fire rapidly spread to other areas including the ICU on the same floor of the four-storeyed hospital building.

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.

With inputs from PTI