Odisha govt orders probe into Sadguru Covid hospital fire mishap

The hospital did not have the required fire safety certificate, says Chief Fire Officer

Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: The Odisha government today ordered a probe into the fire accident at Sadguru Covid Care Hospital located at Jagatpur in Cuttack and sought a report within 24 hours. Health Minister Naba Kishore Das directed the Fire Department and Electricity Department to jointly enquire the incident and submit a report within 24 hours.

Besides, the Health Minister instructed the Chief District Medical Officer and Public Health Officer, Cuttack and other senior doctors of Cuttack to inspect the hospital for taking immediate steps for smooth and safe shifting of patients to nearby COVID care hospital and arrange for immediate treatment. Das also asked to appraise him at the earliest about the action taken in this regard.

Meanwhile, Chief Fire Officer Sukanta Sethi said Sadguru Covid Care Hospital did not have the required fire safety certificate and the hospital authorities had applied for the fire safety documents.

During inspection of the hospital it was found out that there were some lapses on the part of the hospital. Following this, the hospital installed fire extinguishers on its premises due to which a big mishap was averted, he added.

Earlier in the day, fire broke out at the ICU of Sadguru COVID hospital following which patients were shifted to other hospitals having ventilator facilities. There were around 130 hospitals admitted to the hospital when the mishap occurred.

No patient has been injured or killed in the fire accident, said an official.

Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Central) Anil Kumar Samal also directed a probe to find out under what circumstance the fire mishap occurred at the hospital.

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