The fire in COVID-19 hospital in Rajkot that killed five patients could have ended up with more casualties had it not been for the quick thinking of an employee.
Ajay Vaghela, an employee who was on duty at the time of the fire, helped rescue seven people as the inferno raged on. Vaghela ferried the patients on his shoulders to ensure that they were taken to safety.
The patients were later shifted to the Gokul Hospital for further treatment. Several officials praised Vaghela for his bravery, quick thinking, and the general lack of concern he showed for his safety.
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.
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. Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rpani has ordered an inquiry into the incident and 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.
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