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Tragic loss of newborn lives following a fire at a hospital in Delhi

by Reporter - May 27 123 Views 0 Comment

According to authorities, the hospital in Delhi where a tragic fire claimed the lives of seven infants was found to be operating without a valid license.

On Saturday, a fire broke out, resulting in the arrest of the hospital owner and the doctor on duty.

Recent investigation findings reveal that the hospital lacked essential safety measures such as fire extinguishers and emergency exits.

Hours after a devastating fire engulfed a gaming arcade in Rajkot City, Gujarat state, claiming the lives of 27 individuals, tragedy struck once again.

Residential and commercial buildings in India frequently experience fires, mainly due to a lack of strict enforcement of safety regulations.

The incident on Saturday, in which a fire consumed a hospital in Delhi's Vivek Vihar neighbourhood, has left people shocked and outraged.

In an interview with ANI news agency Police Commissioner Shahdara Surendra Chaudhary, it was revealed that the hospital's No Objection Certificate (NOC) had expired on 31 March. 

Hospital buildings with a height exceeding 15m (49ft) must obtain a fire NOC, a crucial certification that ensures compliance with fire safety standards.

According to Mr. Chaudhary, the hospital had exceeded its permitted bed capacity by installing ten beds instead of the allowed five.

During the incident, the hospital was caring for 12 newborn babies. Five individuals are currently receiving medical care at a different hospital. 

In connection with the fire, authorities have made arrests, including Dr. Naveen Kichi, the hospital director, and a doctor identified only as Akash. The individuals in question are facing charges of culpable homicide.

According to the police, Dr. Akash, who was present during the incident, did not possess the necessary qualifications to provide intensive care to newborn babies.

The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial inquiry.

On Saturday, social media was flooded with gripping images of a building consumed by flames.

According to Atul Garg, the director of Delhi's fire department, the fire was caused by an oxygen cylinder explosion, as the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

According to media reports, the police are currently looking into the hospital for potential involvement in an illicit oxygen cylinder filling operation. This investigation was prompted by reports from concerned locals who noticed suspicious activities.

According to officials, the rescue efforts faced significant challenges due to the building's limited access. Only one staircase and the absence of a fire escape further hindered the rescue operation.

Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, expressed his deep sorrow over the tragic incident.

"An investigation is underway to determine the causes of the incident, and Mr. Kejriwal has made it clear that whoever is found responsible for this negligence will face the consequences," stated Mr. Kejriwal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed deep sorrow over the situation, calling it tragic. The announcement includes 200,000 rupees ($2407; £1889) in compensation for each of the deceased's family members and 50,000 rupees for those injured.

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