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Fire in Bhubaneswar's Apollo Hospital creates panic

BHUBANESWAR: Fire within Apollo Hospital, Bhubaneswar, on Saturday created panic among sufferers and their attendants. The health facility shifted 26 critical sufferers from the intensive care unit (ICU) to 3 different hospitals in the town.
Hospital CEO Sudhir M Diggikar stated quick circuit in battery was once the reason behind the fireplace in the battery room of 5th floor of the health facility.

"Taking no chance, we vacated the ICU on the fifth floor. While the very critical patients were shifted to the ground floor ICU, 26 others were shifted to other hospitals," Diggikar advised TOI.

No loss of life or harm was once reported. As the battery room was once with regards to the ICUs, the health facility in an instant evacuated sufferers from ICUs and wards on 5th floor.

Many sufferers of third and fourth floor came out of the health facility in panic after the fireplace incident occurred. Some sufferers had been noticed sitting on wheelchairs outside the health facility after this coincidence.

A patient Mahendra Subudhi, 58, from Baramunda space in the town stated he got to grasp about the fire at round 11 am. “I used to be present process remedy for neurology drawback in a ward on third floor of the health facility. My kin in an instant took me out in a wheelchair fearing any untoward incident,” he added.

As many as 26 critical sufferers had been shifted to different non-public hospitals in the town as a safety measure. All different sufferers who had been evacuated to the ground floor had been introduced back to their respective wards, health facility assets stated.

The fire incident occurred at round 10:41 am. “As the incident created smoke, the fireplace alarm was once raised and the electrical energy with the back-up was once shut down in an instant. The division of fireplace products and services was once informed in an instant. Their response was once quick and activates which helped us in bringing the situation underneath regulate,” stated Diggikar.

The privately-run 350-bed tertiary care health facility spreads 7.five acre close to Acharya Vihar Square.

Bijay Kumar Sharma, director basic, fire products and services, stated fire officer of central region will enquire into the fireplace incident at Apollo Hospital, Bhubaneswar. “Cause of fireplace, availability or functioning of firefighting measures, evacuation, housework etc. will be seemed into. In case of lapse, action as consistent with Odisha Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Rules, 2017, will be taken,” he added.

Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty stated fire audit might be conducted in all town hospitals. "We will soon start auditing the hospitals to ensure there is fire safety mechanism in place," he stated.

More than 20 folks had died when fire engulfed SUM Hospital in the town on October 17, 2016. It had created hue and cry in the state. The state govt had ordered fire protection test of the hospitals in the town and the state.

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