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Bhubaneswar Fire: Union Health Minister Nadda At SUM Hospital Amid Protests


Updated: October 19, 2016, 1:42 PM IST
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Bhubaneswar Fire: Union Health Minister Nadda At SUM Hospital Amid Protests
File photo of Health Minister JP Nadda.

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda on Wednesday visited SUM hospital in Bhubaneswar where 20 people were killed in a fire mishap on Monday, amid massive protest by agitated locals demanding Rs.15 lakh compensation and jobs for the victims.

Assuring all support to the Odisha govenrment for the treatment of patients affected in the SUM Hospital fire, Health Minister J P Nadda on Wednesday said he did not wish to play a blame game over the unfortunate incident.

"I am not here for blame game. Our priority is proper treatment of patients who have been affected due to the fire at a medical facility two days ago," Nadda told reporters on his arrival at the state capital.

Stating that the Centre would take measures to ensure better treatment of the fire-hit patients, Nadda said the state govenrment had constituted panels for conducting inquiry into the mishap.

The state government should implement fire safety measures at hospitals, said Nadda who is slated to hold discussions with health officials.

The Health Minister and Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, met patients at AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, AMRI Hospital and KIMS Hospital.

The Fire Services Department lodged an FIR with the Khandagiri police alleging negligence of the hospital authorities in adhering to fire safety norms. Four SUM Hospital officials were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the incident.

Also read: Bhubaneswar Fire Tragedy: RTI Exposes Negligence of Hospitals Across Odisha

(With inputs from wires)

First Published: October 19, 2016, 12:44 PM IST
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