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 apex court said it is high time that the Centre and states take strict measures to implement the policy, guidelines, and SOPs to contain the surge of COVID-19 in India and to prevent such incidents.
The Centre in its response said that a meeting of the states will be convened and directions will be issued on fire safety in hospitals across India.
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.
“The Court takes suo motu cognizance of the incident that happened today where 6 persons in Rajkot died due to fire in a covid designated hospital, not the first incident. These incidents are repeated and we notice that no complete steps are being taken by states nor is there any mechanism to abrogate the situation,” a three-judge bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy, and M R Shah said.
The Solicitor General told the court that he is aware of the incident and he will ensure that steps are taken by tomorrow and will inform the court of the same on the next date. “We also direct the Counsel of Gujarat to submit a report by Tuesday when the matter is taken up next”, the bench said.
Rajkot Hospital Fire
A fire in the ICU unit of the hospital was reported on Thursday night. 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.
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