10 Newborn Babies Die in Major Fire at Hospital in India

Desk Report

Published: 09 Jan 2021, 10:52 am

Ten newborns were killed in a massive fire in the Bhandara District General Hospital in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The fire broke out around 2 a.m. at the hospital's Sick Newborn Care Unit. However, seven other infants who were admitted to the unit were rescued.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known, but the hospital administration said the electrical short-circuit could be a possible reason, reports India Today.

Speaking to India Today TV, Civil Surgeon of the Bhandara District General Hospital, Dr. Pramod Khandate said that 17 children were admitted to the Sick Newborn Care Unit.

"In the wee hours of Saturday, a nurse notice smoke emanating from this ward and altered doctors. The hospital staff tried their best to save the children. Ten children have died, seven are safe."

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray spoke to Rajesh Tope, Minister of Health, District Collector and Bhandara District Police Superintendent, about the fire tragedy. The Chief Minister has also ordered an investigation into the matter.

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