One more person succumbed to injuries on Saturday, taking the death toll in Bhubaneswar’s SUM hospital fire to 26, as reported by NDTV. On Friday, four people lost their lives at the Capital Hospital and SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. According to officials, Biswanath Behera of Bhubaneswar, Sk Qurban of Khurda and Rashmita Swain of Puri were three of the four victims who died yesterday. Details are still awaited on the identity of the person who died today.
Meanwhile Odisha Finance Minister Pradip Kumar Amat was given additional charge of Health and Welfare department after former Odisha health minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak gave his resignation to Chief Minister Naveen on moral grounds in the wake of the hospital fire tragedy. Owner of hospital, Manoj Ranjan Nayak, was also taken into two days remand by police yesterday.
On Monday night, 21 patients were killed in one of the most disastrous hospital fires in the country, at SUM hospital in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. More than 100 persons were injured by toxic fumes from a blaze that swept through the hospital corridors and wards asphyxiating them.