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Burdwan Medical College & Hospital: 60-year-old woman killed as fire breaks out inside Covid ward

🔴 According to police sources, the fire broke out around 4:30 am at block number 6 of Radharani ward in the hospital. Radharani ward is designated as a Covid ward in the hospital.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
Updated: January 30, 2022 5:39:59 am
Bengal, Bengal hospital fire, Burdwan hospital fire, Burdwan Covid patient dead, indian ExpressThe fire broke out around 4:30 am at block number 6 of Radharani ward of the hospital. (PTI)

A 60-YEAR-OLD woman patient died after a fire broke out at a Covid-19 ward of Burdwan Medical College and Hospital in the early hours of Saturday. Hospital authorities have set up a six-member enquiry committee to ascertain the cause of the fire. The state health department has also set up an enquiry committee to probe the incident.

Police identified the deceased as Sandhya Mondol (60), a resident of Bormuria village in Purba Bardhaman district. According to police sources, the fire broke out around 4:30 am at block number 6 of Radharani ward in the hospital. Radharani ward is designated as a Covid ward in the hospital.

“We got a call in the early hours from hospital staff. We rushed to the hospital. Meanwhile, we were told that a particular bed was on fire. Hospital staff and security personnel used fire extinguishers to control the blaze. They immediately evacuated three other patients who were in the ward. A fire engine arrived, too. It was unfortunate that we could not save the patient who had almost 100 per cent burns. However, other patients are safe and have been shifted to other wards. Our staff ensured that,” Prabir Sengupta, principal of the medical college hospital, told mediapersons.

“We have formed a committee to enquire into the matter. We have registered an FIR and a forensic team will visit our hospital and the ward. There was no equipment attached to the bed other than an oxygen source. After the fire, a lighter was found near the bed,” Sengupta added.

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According to sources, the fire was spotted by some patients, who raised an alarm. Smoke filled the ward. Hospital staff tried to control the fire. A fire engine soon reached the spot. Authorities are probing how that particular bed caught in fire.

A five-member enquiry committee will submit a report before the state health department within 24 hours.

“It is an unfortunate incident. However, this shows the reality of state-run health care in Bengal. The Chief Minister [Mamata Banerjee] goes on saying that everything is good. But see the real picture,” Dilip Ghosh, BJP national vice president, told mediapersons.

“It is definitely an unfortunate incident. Authorities will have to be more careful and have preventive measures in place. But it is also irresponsible for BJP leaders to blame the state government,” said TMC MP Sougata Roy.

“Sandhya Mondal, became the latest victim at Covid Ward of Burdwan Medical College. I demand a proper enquiry to fix responsibility & initiate proceeding against those found guilty. Also a compensation of Rs 50 lakhs be handed over to the next of kin.” Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Suvendu Adhikari tweeted.

“It is an unfortunate ncident. I wonder why BJP leaders were silent when in Uttar Pradesh bodies of Covid victims were thrown into the river,” said TMC leader Santanu Sen.

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