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Fire in COVID-19 hospital ICU in Rajkot kills 5, inquiry ordered

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A fire in another COVID-19 hospital in Rajkot late on Thursday night ended up killing five patients. Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rpani has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

As per reports, the fire was reported at 1 am in the ICU unit of Uday Shivanand Hospital in Rajkot. The hospital which is a COVID-19 centre had 33 COVID-19 patients. The ICU had 11 patients at the time of the incident.

Several patients suffered burn injuries while some had difficulty breathing due to the spoke. The fire and emergency services managed to control the fire after a few hours. The patients have been shifted to another hospital.

As of now, it is not known what caused the fire but primary information suggests it began in the ICU unit of the hospital.

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Rajkot Hospital Fire: Condolences pour in  

Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani offered their condolences to the family of the deceased. The state has also announced a compensation of Rs4 lakh for the kith and kin of the deceased.

Second major fire incident in COVID-19 hospital in Gujarat

The ICU unit on the fourth floor of Shrey Hospital caught fire on August 6 in Ahmedabad at 3.30 am. The fire ended up killing eight people, all of them COVID-19 patients. The hospital was a dedicated COVID-19 facility. 

The rest of the patients were shifted to SVP Hospital. Later it emerged that the hospital had not bothered to renew its fire NOC.

Reports also said that it did not have a functioning fire safety system in place and only had a few fire extinguishers.

The then Leader of Opposition in the AMC Dinesh Sharma had at that time said the fourth floor of the hospital was illegally constructed and later regularised under the Impact Fee Rule. 

 

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