Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), where a fire had broken out the day before. He also paid a visit to former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, who has been admitted in the hospital since August 9. Several other leaders including Union ministers Smriti Irani and Ram Vilas Paswan, Himachal Pradesh Governor Kalraj Mishra, RSS Joint General Secretary Dr Krishna Gopal and former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh also visited Jaitley in the hospital.
“Visited Sh Arun Jaitley ji. I pray to God for his good health and fast recovery,” the Delhi CM later tweeted. “Visited AIIMS where fire incident took place yesterday. Fortunately, no life lost due to swift action taken by AIIMS authorities. Delhi Fire Service personnel worked hard to bring fire under control. Investigations going on to ascertain reasons of fire,” he added.
On Saturday evening, a major fire broke out on the second floor of the teaching block at AIIMS. While no casualties were reported, the Delhi Fire Services (DFS) dispatched at least 42 fire tenders and 200 firefighters to douse the flames. The fire quickly spread to the third, fourth and fifth floors of the block and was largely doused by 11 pm.
The hospital, along with the emergency department and emergency laboratories, is now fully functional and the patients who were shifted out as a precautionary step, have been taken back to their respective wards, PTI quoted authorities as saying. The resident doctors, nurses and paramedical staff ensured that the patients did not face inconvenience, they added.
AIIMS has initiated an internal enquiry to look into the cause of the fire. Union health minister Harsh Vardhan reviewed the situation on Sunday morning and the administration confirmed that the fire, which started from microbiology lab area, had affected some laboratories.
The fire has left several senior faculty members anxious over loss of crucial research work.
“Most faculty offices are in the teaching block; we have our data, research work and important files stored in the computer systems. We are yet to find out about the situation of the offices and other losses,” a senior faculty member had said on Saturday.