New Delhi: Union Health Minister J. P. Nadda said that the Central Government was ready to extend any help required to tackle the fire incident that killed at least 22 persons at a private hospital in Bhubaneshwar.
"We have told the State Government that whatever help is required, will be extended by the Central Government. If there is any situation where the patients need our help we are ready for that too," Nadda said. "Let us first of all take stock of the situation. We are deeply anguished with whatever has happened," added Nadda.
Earlier Nadda had tweeted : "Deeply saddened by the fire incident in Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, Bhubaneswar. My condolences rest with the bereaved families." Though the official figures were not confirmed, at least 22 persons were killed and several injured after a major fire broke out in the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar on Monday evening.
The government has set up a helpline number: 9439991226.
While the government-run Capital Hospital's officials confirmed receiving 14 bodies, eight bodies were received by the AMRI Hospital in Bhubaneswar. Over 50 patients were rescued from the dialysis ward and the adjoining Intensive Care Unit, the officials said.
Speaking over the issue Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who hails from Odisha said, "Due to a short circuit in a private hospital an unfortunate incident has happened. " Pradhan, who is the face of Odisha in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, also said that the primary focus of the state government was to evacuate and rescue the people from the place of the incident. "I spoke to the health minister and they are ready to extend their help to the state government," he said.
President Pranab Mukherjee Prays for Odisha Victims
President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday condoled the deaths in the Odisha hospital fire and prayed for the injured. "My heart and prayers are with bereaved families and injured in the massive hospital fire in Bhubaneshwar hospital," Mukherjee said in a tweet.
Modi Calls Death in Hospital Fire Mind-numbing
Prime Minister Narendra Modi voiced deep anguish at the loss of lives in a massive blaze at a hospital in Bhubaneshwar, calling it mind-numbing. Deeply anguished by the loss of lives in the hospital fire in Odisha. The tragedy is mind-numbing. My thoughts are with bereaved families, Modi said on microblogging website twitter. Spoke to Minister @JPNadda (Health Minister) & asked him to facilitate transfer of all those injured to AIIMS. Hope the injured recover quickly. Also spoken to Minister @dpradhanbjp and asked him to ensure all possible help to the injured and affected, he said in a series of tweets.