A total of 127 patients were safely evacuated after a fire broke out in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ward of a COVID-19 dedicated hospital in Jagatpur town of Cuttack district, on Monday afternoon.
The 150-bed Sadguru hospital which was declared a COVID-19 dedicated facility on August 24 had 127 COVID patients undergoing treatment with 40 patients in the ICU ward. All the patients were shifted to other hospitals in Cuttack as well Bhubhaneswar.
A short circuit is believed to have caused the fire, however, the reason is yet to be ascertained. The spark occurred on the ground floor of the hospital and the smoke enveloped the first floor as well, said officials.
“There was a spark and then smoke filled up the entire ward. All the hospital staff sprung into action to evacuate the patients, specially those in a critical condition. Everyone was timely evacuated and has been moved to other hospitals, ” said Rahul Pratyush Mohanty, Director, Sadguru hospital. Mohanty who broke open the windows to help evacuate patients with the help of ladders, also sustained injuries.
Meanwhile, the health minister has ordered a probe into the matter. “I have sought a joint report from the Odisha fire services and Chief Medical Officer. Necessary actions will be taken if any kind of violations are reported. The hospital should restart in a couple of days. Fire audits were completed for all the hospitals, but this incident was unfortunate and will be looked into,” Health Minister Naba Kishore Das, told Indian Express.
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