The inquiry into the fire at Uday Shivanand Hospital will now be carried out by retired judge DA Mehta. Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja on Monday said the government has appointed DA Mehta to head the judicial inquiry into the incident.
Jadeja said that earlier after the fire incident, the Rupani government had announced a judicial inquiry headed by retired judge KA Punj.
However, as Justice Punj was busy with other inquiries he was not able to devote time to another inquiry and so the government announced the change.
Retired Gujarat High Court judge KA Punj is also heading the inquiry into the Shrey Hospital fire.
Rajkot Hospital Fire
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 were shifted to another hospital.
Vijay Rupani government also announced a compensation of Rs4 lakh for each of the deceased’s kin. This is the second major incident of fire in a 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.
SC sought a report in Rajkot Hospital fire
The Supreme Court of India has taken suo motu cognizance of the fire incident in the ICU of the COVID-19 hospital at Rajkot which left five patients dead.
The court observed that these were repetitive incidents and no legitimate steps were being taken to prevent fires in hospitals. The court has also asked the Centre and state to list the steps taken to prevent hospital fires. It has also asked Gujarat to submit a report on the matter.
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