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Murder says BJP as Maharashtra govt orders probe into Bhandara hospital fire 

The fire at the Bhandara district hospital, which led to the deaths of 10 infants, has also prompted the government to order an audit of neonatal units in the state.

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Mumbai: The Maha Vikas Aghadi government has ordered a detailed inquiry into the fire at the Bhandara district hospital that led to the deaths of 10 infants, and an immediate audit of all neonatal units in hospitals across the state. 

The incident took place at about 1.30 am in the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, when a suspected short circuit caused a fire in the Sick Neonatal Care Unit ward of the hospital. 

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s office tweeted saying that he has directed Health Minister Rajesh Tope to conduct a detailed inquiry into the incident. 

“The CM has also spoken with the district collector and the police superintendent and directed them to conduct an inquiry into the incident,” the tweet said. 

The opposition BJP has meanwhile started targeting the government over the incident, with a party MLA calling it a murder due to the state’s negligence. 

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Three infants died of fire, seven due to suffocation 

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said, in a video statement, that of the 10 infants, three died due to burns and the others due to suffocation from the thick smoke.

He added that the hospital staff were able to successfully evacuate one of the two adjacent wards, saving seven infants. 

“There was an absolutely heart wrenching tragedy at 1.30 am in the Sick Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) ward. There was a fire the prima facie reason for which seems to be a short circuit, and it led to a thick farm smoke throughout the ward,” Tope said. “The ward boy and nurse on duty immediately opened all the doors and windows and tried to use fire extinguishers and douse the fire.”

The health minister further said the state government will take strict action against all those found guilty during the inquiry and has also promised to devise a protocol to ensure that such incidents do not happen again. 

“We have ordered a detailed inquiry into the incident. We have handed over the bodies in ambulances to the families and sent them for a funeral,” Tope said. “The CM has also directed to extend an aid of Rs five lakh for every family from the CM relief fund.”

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Audit of all neonatal care units 

Deputy CM Ajit Pawar said the state government has issued orders for an immediate audit of all neonatal care units in hospitals across Maharashtra. 

He added that he has directed the Bhandara district administration to ensure the hospital continues to function with proper precautions. 

“I have had a discussion with Rajesh Tope and the district administration about continuing the services of the hospital with adequate precautions and directed them to continue the medical care of other children in the hospital under the guidance of experts,” Pawar tweeted. 

 It’s murder’

The BJP in Maharashtra not only called for an inquiry into the incident, but also blamed the MVA government, comprising the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress, for negligence, leading to the deaths. 

“It is not an accident. It is murder. The state government’s negligence is responsible for the incident,” BJP MLA Ram Kadam said.

Referring to the confusion in the state’s healthcare system during the Covid-19 pandemic, Kadam added, “Even prior to this, several people have died in Maharashtra’s hospitals due to lack of beds, lack of hospitals.”

Maharashtra opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis in his initial reaction refrained from entering a blame game, but said the state government should conduct a proper inquiry. 

“Fire incident at the Bhandara District Hospital,where about 10 children lost lives is very painful & disturbing,” Fadnavis tweeted. “My deep condolences to the families who suffered such irreparable loss. This incident should be properly investigated & strict action be taken against the culprits.” 


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  1. When the Prime Minister won 2019 elections there was a terrible fire in Gujarat which claimed many lives. NDTV as usual picked up this tragedy and launched scathing attacks on Gujarat Govt. Indirect attacks and sarcastic references were made towards PM without taking his name, by jholachaap ravish. Now, will NDTV launch a similar attack on Maharashtra government & Thackrey? They wont. Reporting the incident is one thing, but using a tragedy as political vendetta is another. That’s what NDTV specialises in.

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