SUM Hospital fire tragedy: Odisha Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak resigns as death toll rises to 25

Earlier today, four patients receiving treatment at different hospitals died after inhaling toxic fumes in the blaze.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:October 21, 2016 8:05 pm
Fire services and police officials said a minor flame was first spotted near the dialysis ward, located on the first floor of the 1000-bed hospital at around 7.30 pm. (Express Photo) Fire services and police officials said a minor flame was first spotted near the dialysis ward, located on the first floor of the 1000-bed hospital at around 7.30 pm. (Express Photo)

Odisha Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak on Friday submitted his resignation Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the aftermath of the SUM Hospital fire tragedy, that left 25 patients dead. Earlier today, four patients receiving treatment at different hospitals died after inhaling toxic fumes in the blaze.

On Monday, 21 patients died of asphyxiation and over a hundred were injured as the fire swept through the hospital corridors and its dialysis ward. Delay in evacuating the patients proved to be costly as the blaze engulfed the hospital. Meanwhile, owner of hospital, Manoj Ranjan Nayak, who had surrendered to police on Thursday was taken into remand by police today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences over the tragedy and directed Union Health Minister J P Nadda to transfer all the injured victims to AIIMS hospital. The Prime Minister also declared Rs 2 lakh as compensation for the deceased and Rs 50, 000 each for the injured. The Odisha government also announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia for the deceased. The SUM hospital authorities reportedly declared Rs 5 lakh as assistance for the families of the deceased.