CM visits KGMU trauma centre
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited Trauma Centre of the King George Medical University (KGMU) on Sunday where five patients reportedly died after life support system was snapped in a fire and ordered a probe as well as financial assistance to the family who lost lives in the fire.
“It is a matter of probe as how many people actually died in the inferno. A probe by the Commissioner, Lucknow will tell the clear picture. The Government stands with the people who suffered at this time of crisis,” Chief Minister said.
Officials too deny any death from the fire. “We can say for sure that no one was charred to death. There could be some collateral damage because of shifting of patients or taking them out when hospital caught fire. There were many serious patients in the hospital. This is a matter of probe and an enquiry from Divisional Commissioner will clear the cloud,” Government spokesman Avnish Awasthi told The Pioneer on Sunday.
Chief Medical Superintendent (CMS) S N Sankhwar too claimed that no patient has died because of the fire as all were shifted out in time.
Despite these claims there are reports that five people, including two children, had died in the last night’s incident after they were shifted to other places and no medical attention was given to them.
The CM, along with senior officials, rushed to the Trauma centre where he took the stock of the situation. He also talked to the patients who were reallocated to other places. He enquired about medical treatment patients were getting. “Koi pareshani to nahi”, CM asked Shakuntala Rani, who was shifted from ward 2 of Trauma Centre.
Chief Minister talked to over a half a dozen patients and enquired about their well being. He announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh each to the family of the people who died due to lack of medical facility after the fire.
Yogi also appreciated the role of the doctors and para medical staff of Trauma Centre for evacuating the patients. “These people have shown presence of mind in shifting patients. They will get reward from the government for their work,” he said.
Health Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon said that medical services in Trauma Centre would be restored in 24 hrs.
Principal Secretary ( health) Anita Bhatnagar Jain said that after fire all the patients have been shifted to eight other hospitals in the city including Lohia, Civil and Balrampur hospitals.
The fire at the trauma centre broke out at around 1900 hrs last night on the second and third floor probably due to short circuit. Panic gripped as around 175 critical patients were evacuated by the authorities.
KGMU authorities too have set up a three member team to probe into the fire in three days time
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