Amidst the continuous surge of corona cases in the country another tragic had hit India, at least eighteen Covid-19 patients and two nurses were killed after a fire broke out at the ICU of The Welfare Hospital in Bharuch district at around 1 am on Saturday.
According to the authority: “18 patients and 2 nurses died in the incident. The fire was brought under control before it could spread to other areas. A probe in being initiated to ascertain the reason behind the fire.”
During the tragic incidents, the locals broke the glass windows and rescued the other patients. There were around 27 patients in the ICU ward at the time of the fire. The rescued patients were rushed to private hospitals in Vaghra and Jambusar among other areas.
Chief minister Vijay Rupani appointed two senior bureaucrats along with Additional Chief Secretary (labour and employment) Vipul Mittra and Commissioner (municipalities) RajkumarBeniwal had to rush to Bharuch for an inquiry. A judicial probe would also be initiated. Bharuch district collector M D Modiya, Bharuch district superintendent of police Rajendrasinh Chudasma and political leaders also reached the spot after learning about the incident.
An ex-gratia aid of Rs 4 lakh would be given to each of the next of kin of the victims from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, expressed his condolences: “Pained by the loss of lives due to a fire at a hospital in Bharuch. Condolences to the bereaved families.”
Fire department officials believed that a short circuit might have led fire to break out when the patients were sleeping. After noticing the fire, the hospital staff tried to rescue the patients who were on ventilators. Fire tenders, too, reached immediately and controlled the blaze within half-an-hour.