Maharashtra: 10 newborns killed in Bhandara health center fire; CM orders probe
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday purchased a query into the Bhandara District General Hospital fire that took the life of 10 infants.
According to a declaration issued by the Chief Minister’s workplace, Thackeray expressed deep grief over the death of babies who passed away in the fire at the Sick Baby Care System (SNCU) of the healthcare facility.
” Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has revealed deep sorrow over the death of newborns in a fire that broke out in a childcare system at the district hospital in Bhandara. As soon as he came to understand about the event, he spoke to Health Minister Rajesh Tope and directed an instant query into the entire incident. The Chief Minister has also spoken to the District Collector and the Superintendent of Police and they too have actually been directed to investigate,” CMO stated.
The fire, due to a suspected electrical short-circuit, emerged around 1.45 am when the mothers and relatives of the babies were quick sleeping and rapidly engulfed the Sick & Baby Care Unit of the Bhandara District General Health Center.
Around that time, a nurse on duty happened to pass by the ward, discovered the smoke inside and raised an alarm as other hospital staffers rushed to the spot.
At least 10 infants– a majority of them less than 3-months-old– had perished due to suffocation and another 7 were saved.
Though the authorities have not declared the cause of the blaze, it is believed that an electrical short-circuit caused an air-conditioner blast, followed by a fire with thick smoke billowing in the ward and the resultant deaths due to suffocation.
Revealing his grief over the incident, State Health Minister Rajesh Tope stated he will go to the occurrence site at 5 pm today, including that a probe is ordered and the guilty will not be spared. He likewise announced a payment of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of children who died in the fire.
Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union House Minister Amit Shah, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, District Guardian Minister Vishwajeet Kadam, Maharashtra Leaders of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis and Pravin Darekar, other senior leaders have actually revealed grief over the occurrence.
” I am deeply shocked by the fire occurrence in Bhandara. My wholehearted sympathies with the families of those who have lost their infants in the catastrophe,” Kovind said.
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” Heart-wrenching catastrophe where we have actually lost precious young lives. My thoughts are with all the bereaved families. I hope the hurt recover as early as possible,” Modi said in a message.
Heart-wrenching disaster in Bhandara, Maharashtra, where we
have lost precious young lives. My ideas are with all the bereaved families. I hope the injured recuperate as early as possible.
Narendra Modi( @narendramodi) January 9, 2021
Union House Minister Amit Shah condoled the death of kids in the fire and stated:” The fire accident in Bhandara district healthcare facility, Maharashtra is very unfortunate. I am hurt beyond words. My ideas and condolences are with bereaved families … “
“The unfortunate incident of fire at Bhandara District General Healthcare Facility in Maharashtra is exceptionally terrible. My condolences to the families of the children who lost their lives. I interest Maharashtra government to supply every possible help to the households of the hurt and deceased, “Congress MP Rahul Gandhi said.
( With firm inputs )
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