Bhopal Hospital Fire: 3 top medical officials removed from post
Bhopal: Days after fire broke out at the ICU of Bhopal Hospital claiming lives of four infants, the Madhya Pradesh Government on Wednesday removed three hospital officials from their posts including the Director of Kamla Nehru Hospital.
ANI reports that the Dean of Gandhi Medical College Dr Jitendra Shukla, Hamidia Hospital Superintendent Dr Lokendra Dave and Kamla Nehru Hospital Director Dr KK Dubey were removed, while the state government also suspended Sub Engineer of Capital Project Administration (CPA) (Electricity wing) Awdhesh Bhadauria in wake of the incident.
Medical Dialogues team had earlier reported that the fire broke out at the government-run Kamala Nehru Hospital at around 8.35 pm on Monday in the Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) of the medical facility, situated on the campus of the Gandhi Medical College and Hamidia Hospital, which has the Upper Lake located on one side and the state chief minister's official residence on the other side.
Soon after the blaze, thick smoke engulfed the ward and it was pitch dark inside. Doctors and nurses tried to shift the newborns to other wards. They managed to shift all the 40 children out but were unable to save the lives of four of them who were already in serious condition.
State Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang stated that four children died in the fire that broke out probably due to a short circuit. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each for the family members of the victims, he had added.
After the incident, Madhya Pradesh Medical Education Department on Tuesday issued fire safety guidelines for the hospitals. Further, officials had also told The Indian Express that Kamla Nehru Hospital had not procured, or even applied for, a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Fire Department since it began operations back in 2002.
Bhopal Municipal Commissioner K V S Choudhary and Fire Officer Rameshwar Neel confirmed to The Indian Express that the hospital authorities did not apply for a fire NOC. Fire Officer Rameshwar Neel told The Indian Express, "Whatever little fire-fighting equipment was present in the building was dysfunctional…the hospital had not applied for any fire NOC."