11 COVID PATIENTS DIE IN HOSPITAL FIRE IN MAHARASHTRA

As reported till now, 11 covid-19 patients have died after a major fire broke out in the ICU of a district civil hospital in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. On November 6th, a fire erupted at around 11 AM in an ICU where 20 covid-19 patients were warded, some of whom were on oxygen and ventilator support. Chief fire officer Shankar Misal said that the fire was controlled by 1:30 PM, hinting that the reason may be a short circuit. 

 

This is reportedly an incident, in a  series of similar hospital fires, on which the local authorities appointed an audit. But according to the police officer, the audits led to failure because of a shortage of funds. Ten patients died immediately, whereas one succumbed to burns later on. Patients who were in the ward were mostly senior citizens, and those who died are in the age bracket 65 to 83, reported Hindu. 

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the incident.  “Anguished by the loss of lives due to a fire in a hospital in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest”, tweeted the Prime Minister on Sunday. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackerey has already ordered an in-depth inquiry into the matter.

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