Four newborn babies died on Monday night in a fire at a government hospital in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal city, NDTV reported.
The blaze erupted at the newborn care unit of the Kamala Nehru Children’s Hospital, which is located in the premises of the government-run Hamidia Hospital.
Juber Khan, the head of the Fatehgarh Fire Station, said that the fire began on the third floor of the hospital, where the intensive care unit is located, around 9 pm.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that he was saddened to hear about the fire, but added that rescue efforts were carried out swiftly. He announced a high-level investigation into the incident and said that Additional Chief Secretary (public health and medical education) Mohammad Suleiman will conduct it.
Chouhan sought a report from officials about where fire safety audits have been conducted and where they have not. “Government and private hospitals will undergo fire safety audits again,” he added.
The chief minister offered his condolences to families of the children who died in the fire. “I pray to God for peace to the departed souls,” he said in a tweet. “I offer my deep condolences to the relatives to the relatives of these children. I hope that those who were injured…