fire mishap in hospital of Maharashtra: In an extremely heart-breaking incident, ten babies aged a couple of days to three months burnt to death when a fire breakout in the neonatal unit of a hospital in Bhandara district of Maharashtra at 2 am on Saturday. Chief Minister Uddhav Thakarey ordered a probe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed profound grief.
According to the reports, as many as 17 babies were admitted to the Special Newborn Care Unit of the hospital at the time of fire mishap. Seven of them were rescued from the inborn ward while babies in the outbound ward weren’t so lucky.
On duty, nurses raised the alarm as they saw smoke emanating from the neonatal care unit. The hospital staff doused the fire but it was too late as the babies died of suffocation. The actual cause of the fire wasn’t yet ascertained. Chief Minister Uddhav Thakarey has directed the District Collector and Superintendent of Police to investigate the case.
In a tweet, PM Modi wrote: “Heart-wrenching tragedy in Bhandara, Maharashtra, where we have lost precious young lives. My thoughts are with all the bereaved families. I hope the injured recover as early as possible (sic)”.