Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his condolences over the tragic incident at Bhandara Hospital in Maharashtra. President Ramnath Kobind also tweeted condolences to the families of the dead children.
“Heart-wrenching accident in Bhandara, Maharashtra,” he said in a tweet on Saturday morning. We have lost many young people. Condolences to the bereaved families. I hope the injured will recover soon. Shortly afterwards, in a tweet, the President expressed his condolences over the horrific fire. He wrote, ‘I am deeply saddened by the untimely death of newborns in a fire in Bhandara, Maharashtra. I offer my condolences to those who lost their children in this heartbreaking accident. ‘
The fire broke out in the children’s ward (Sick Newborn Care Unit) of Bhandara District Hospital around 1.30 pm last night. Bhandara Civil Surgeon Promod Khandate said 18 children were being treated there at the time of the accident. At half past one in the night, a nurse first saw smoke coming out of the department. He quickly informed the hospital staff and doctors. Initially, the hospital staff tried to extinguish the fire with fire extinguishers. But it did not help. Black smoke gushes out. Meanwhile, the news was sent to the fire brigade. The rescue operation started. Seven children have been rescued. But the rest could not be rescued. 10 children have died.
The parents of the dead children have already been informed about the fire. The seven children who were rescued have been shifted to another ward. Patients in the ICU ward, dialysis wing, and labor ward have also been evacuated for safety reasons.
However, the exact cause of the fire is not yet known. However, it is initially thought that the fire may be caused by a short-circuit. According to fire sources, the incident is being investigated. Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope has ordered a high-level probe into the ‘unfortunate’ incident. According to the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Office, Uddhav Thackeray spoke to the cannon, the district magistrate and the superintendent of police. He directed an investigation into the incident.