Bhubaneswar SUM hospital fire: Death toll now at 22, NHRC steps in

Bhubaneswar fire: JP Nadda visited SUM hospital today and assured all support in the treatment of those affected.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 21, 2016 12:54 pm
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Two more people have died due to the fire mishap at Bhubaneswar’s SUM hospital on Wednesday. News agency ANI reported that the National Human Rights Commission had issued a notice to the Odisha government over the incident that has left over 105 injured. Union Health Minister J P Nadda visited the hospital on Wednesday and assured all support in the treatment of those affected. “We see some protocol breach. Inquiry report will come soon. State government should see punitive action taken,” he said.



Addressing the need for “people’s faith to be reimposed”, Nadda said, “Prima facie I find some safety issues which need to be addressed, people’s faith need to be reposed.” He also told reporters that he was not there for “any blame game.”

“Our priority is proper treatment of patients who have been affected due to the fire at a medical facility two days ago,” he said.

On Tuesday evening arrested hospital superintendent Pushparaj Samantasinghar, its fire safety officer Santosh Das, electrical maintenance engineer Amulya Sahu and junior engineer Malaya Sahu, on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The fire services department filed an FIR against the hospital authorities for not adhering to its recommendations made during a fire safety audit in 2013.

With PTI, ENS and ANI inputs.