4 Children Dead In Bhopal’s Hospital Fire
At least four children admitted in the government-run Kamala Nehru Children’s Hospital in Bhopal died in a fire that broke out on Monday night, State Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang said.
“Four children died in the fire that broke out in the special newborn care unit (SNCU) ward probably due to a short circuit,” Mr Sarang said.
“We reached the spot along with others soon after getting information about the incident. It was dark inside the ward. We shifted the children to the adjacent ward,” he said.
The blaze started in a ward on the third-floor of the hospital, which houses the ICU, an official said.
Mr Chouhan termed the incident “very sad” and has instructed the administration and rescue personnel to do everything they can to bring the situation under control.
“We were unable to save three children who were already seriously injured in the fire incident which is very painful. The rescue operation was swift and the blaze is under control, now but unfortunately the lives of three children could not be saved,” Mr Chouhan tweeted.
“A high-level probe into the incident has been ordered. The probe will be conducted by additional chief secretary (ACS) health and medical education, Mohammad Suleiman,” he said in another tweet.
The Chief Minister has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each for the family members of the victims.
The fire broke out at around 9 pm and 8 to 10 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the flames, said Fatehgarh Fire Station in-charge Juber Khan.
Visuals from the hospital show shocked parents breaking down on the stairs after escaping from the ward where the fire broke out.
Terming the incident as “very painful”, former chief minister and Leader of Opposition Kamal Nath demanded a high-level probe into the incident and stern action against those responsible for it.
State BJP president Vishnu Dutt Sharma also expressed grief over the incident. He also prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured.
(With inputs from PTI)