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.

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    arun patnaik
    Oct 21, 2016 at 3:04 pm
    This what happens when you have ministers with vested interest. Sum medical college carried out 2016-2017 MBBS admission in blatant violation of supreme court order. No transparency in admission procedure. All most all students admitted with capitation fees. Odisha govt. did nothing to stop them.
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      S R
      Oct 21, 2016 at 4:14 pm
      The Govt. of Odisha is the most corrupt and dead state govt. in India who is taking the life of innocent people and children.
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        Subba Rao Venkata Vure
        Oct 21, 2016 at 2:45 pm
        Let the Odisha Government wake up and conduct checks on all other hospitals for fire safety etc. and take corrective action and also on all people who helped these hospitals to get permissions without followingredients rules and regulations.
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