10 newborns dead in India hospital fire
Published: 11:41 AM, 9 January 2021 Updated: 11:43 AM, 9 January 2021
All of those who died were aged between a few days and three months. Photo: Collected
Ten newborn babies were killed in a maternity unit as a fire broke out at a hospital in the Indian state of Maharashtra early Saturday.
Citing hospital sources, NDTV reported that 17 babies were admitted at the Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) of the four-storeyed Bhandara District General Hospital in Maharashtra at the time of the incident. The fire brigade officials rescued seven of them, who were admitted to the inborn ward of the unit. However, babies, those in the outbound ward couldn't be rescued. They died due to suffocation.
All of those who died were aged between a few days and three months, according to reports.
Nurses of duty first noticed smoke coming out from the neonatal care unit and raised alarm. Patients admitted to other wards were shifted safely.
“The cause of the fire is not known yet but our staff extinguished the fire as soon as they could. The smoke led to the babies suffocating,” District civil surgeon Pramod Khandate said.
Authorities ordered an immediate inquiry into the latest disaster to raise doubts about safety in Indian hospitals. More than 90 people died in an inferno in a Kolkata hospital in 2011. A fire at a hospital in Ahmedabad in August killed eight coronavirus patients. Another five Covid-19 patients died in a blaze in a clinic in Rajkot in November. - NDTV, AFP