Wednesday, February 21, 2024

11 Covid patients killed in Maharashtra govt hospital fire

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As many as 11 Covid-19 patients died after a fire broke out at the intensive care unit (ICU) of a government hospital in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra on Saturday.

The fire was in the hospital’s COVID-19 ward, in which 17 patients had been admitted. Fire brigade officials said everyone in the ICU was badly burnt.

The remaining patients have been shifted to a Covid ward in another hospital, District Collector Dr Rajendra Bhosle told reporters.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has ordered a probe into the tragedy, and announced ₹ 5 lakh compensation for the families of those who died.

“As soon as he came to know about the incident, the chief minister spoke to the district guardian minister Hasan Mushrif and chief secretary (Sitaram Kunte) and asked [them] to ensure [that] those needing medical attention don’t face any difficulties,” read a statement from CMO.

Prima facie reports suggest that an electrical short-circuit may have started the fire. But the exact reason can only be determined after the probe is completed.

Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik told reporters that the ICU had been newly built for the express purpose of treating coronavirus patients, and the fact that a fire had broken out was a “very serious issue”.

The deceased including four women and six males have been identified as Sitaram Dagdu Jadhav ( 83), Ramkisan Vithhal Harpude ( 70), Satyabhama Shivaji Ghodchoure (65) , Kadubal Gangadhar Khatik ( 65), Shivaji Sadashiv Pawar ( 82), Deepak Vishwanath Jedgule (57) , Kondiba Madhukar Madam( 70), Asrabai Nangre ( 58), Chabibi Ahmed Sayyed ( 65) apart from an unidentified person. 


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