Centre extends all help to Bhubaneshwar hospital; 3 employees suspended

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Rescue work underway at the hospital.
Rescue work underway at the hospital.

The Centre is providing all help to Odisha where around 24 patients had died in a fire that broke out at the Institute of Medical Sciences and Sum Hospital in Bhubaneswar.

Union Health Minister J P Nadda said he has spoken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhubaneswar and asked it to provide the necessary help. Union Health secretary CK Mishra has spoken to Odisha Health department officials and he was in contact with them, as per media reports.

While this was so, three employees of the hospital have been suspended for carelessness. The hospital authorities have formed an internal inquiry  to look into the blunders that led to the fire incident.

More than 500 indoor patients were trapped in the building, hospital officials said. A massive rescue operation is on. Over 12 ambulances have been pressed into service to shift the patients to other hospitals. More than 50 patients were rescued from the dialysis ward and the ICU.

It is believed that the cause of the fire, which began in the dialysis unit due to a short circuit on the first floor of the hospital, quickly engulfed the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ward. Around seven fire tenders have been rushed to the hospital and they are working to put out the raging fire as soon as possible before it spreads to the entire hospital.

In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Deeply anguished by the loss of lives in the hospital fire in Odisha. The tragedy is mind-numbing. My thoughts are with bereaved families.”

“Spoke to Minister @JPNadda (Health Minister) & asked him to facilitate transfer of all those injured to AIIMS. Hope the injured recover quickly.”