Great carelessness! Fire hydrides stalled in Kamala Nehru Hospital for years, exit gate also missing
Great carelessness! Fire hydrides stalled in Kamala Nehru Hospital for years, exit gate also missing

Bhopal: A fire broke out in the paediatric ward of Hamidia Hospital in the building of Kamala Nehru Hospital in Bhopal last Monday. Four children were burnt alive and killed in the fire. The cause of fire is being told as short circuit. The fire took place in the paediatric department on the third floor of the building. There were 40 children in the ward where the fire broke out, out of which 36 are safe. On the other hand, the Shivraj government has announced an amount of Rs 4 lakh to the parents of each of the deceased.

According to information received from the hospital staff, the fire was caused by a short circuit in NICU. Here the entire ward is trusted by a mere fire extinguisher. Yes, according to fire norms, the exit gate is not even there. The 21-year-old building is equipped with fire hydrides, but it didn't work due to lack of repairs for a long time. This led to the rapid spread of the fire. Due to the fire, smoke spread in the NICU and ward. Soon the situation was such that people could not see each other. Due to this, the children also faced difficulty in shifting to another ward. Some people were admitted to the trauma centre in the hospital. Hospital sources said, life saving equipment of other children's wards of the hospital was switched off due to power outage after the fire broke out.

Some ventilators also stopped working after the battery backup was exhausted. The children on the ventilator then had to give oxygen from the Ambubag, later shifting them to the surgery ward on the second floor. For all this, 40 to 50 oxygen cylinders and other equipment were immediately ordered from the store and fire brigade and doctors teams were called from other areas to douse the flames.

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