A fire broke out in the intensive care unit of a hospital in the city of Ahmednagar in western India. At least 10 people were killed and several were injured, local authorities said. The fire was put out. The cause of the fire is not clear. An investigation is to be opened in this case.
The incident took place on Saturday in the city of Ahmednagar in the state of Maharashtra. There were about 17 patients in the intensive care unit when the fire broke out, and at least 10 of them were killed, local authorities said.
State health department deputy director Dr. PD Gandal reported that medical personnel had successfully evacuated seven patients from the fire-engulfed ward. – Two people are in critical condition, the condition of the others is stable – he said in an interview with the Reuters agency.
The prime minister expresses his condolence
The fire was put out. The cause of the fire is not clear. An investigation is to be opened in this case.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on Twitter to the relatives of the victims. “Let the injured recover as soon as possible,” he added. Former head of state Devendra Fadnavis called for “severe action” to be taken against those responsible for the tragedy.
The dramatic situation in Indian hospitals
The situation in Indian hospitals is dramatic, many of them periodically lack oxygen and have no access to ventilators. It happens that the sick lie in the corridors, and medical workers work almost round the clock.
This is not the first fire in a hospital that has suffered Indian patients suffering from COVID-19. On April 23, there was a fire in the state of Maharashtra at a homonymous hospital in Mumbai. 12 patients lost their lives there. Earlier, an oxygen cylinder exploded in another hospital in Bombay. As a result of the outbreak, 22 patients lost their lives. In turn, in a fire that broke out in May in the intensive care unit in a hospital in the city of Bharuch in the northern part of the country in the state of Gujarat, 18 people were killed. The victims included two medical workers and 16 suffering from COVID-19. The most common cause of the fires was the poor condition of the electrical system.
The authorities pointed to improper maintenance of machines, equipment failures and failure to follow safety procedures as the causes of these accidents.
PAP, Reuters, Al Jazeera
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