Update: The state government announces a compensation of Rs. 2 lakhs to the kin of the deceased. The official death toll stands at 2. But unverified reports say that 4 people are dead in the fire mishap.
Update: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is already monitoring the entire incident. Officials from the health department are on way to the spot. Uncomfirmed reports say that a faulty circuit might have caused the fire. 2 dead due to stampede. 3-4 nursing staff’s condition is stated to be serious. Steps are being taken to save them. Several babies are also in critical condition. 2 deceased nursing staffs names: Mamun Sarkar and Minoti Das .
New borns admitted in the Sick newborn care unit (SNCU) were also brought out of the hospital premises. It was a sorry sight as the children born only few days before being kept on the ground as their parents and other hospital staff tried to give them care at the hospital lawns. According to authorities, three nursing staff died due to suffocation and asphyxiation. Initial reports suggested that the main exit gate of emergency was locked and the patients and hospital staff could not come out of the hospital building after fire. “No patients have sustained injury. We are trying to bring back the newborns in SNCU,” R S Shukla, principal secretary State Health Department told presspersons. He said that a team from State Health Department is on the way to the hospital. Mr. Shukla said that situation would be soon brought under control. Eyewitnesses said that there was virtually no disaster management apparatus present in the hospital resulting in the panic.
Koushik Adhikary, Murshidabad: A massive fire broke out on Saturday at the medical store situated at the third floor of the Murshidabad Medical college claiming the life of one person. Hearing the news of fire, the patients along with the patient party started escaping from the hospital which resulted into a chaos situation . Later hearing the news, fire engines were tendered to extinguished the fire who succeeded to extinguish the same after 45 minutes of the operation.