Assistance promises for fire incident victims pour in


Bhubaneswar: After the ominous fire incident at SUM hospital that killed 22 and injured more than hundred has left the State shocked, assistance from various sources begin to come for the hapless victims injured during the mishap.

Air India announced that it would ensure free air travel for shifting the serious patients to various other hospitals out of state.

Meanwhile, Amit Banerjee, Vice Chancellor of Sikhshya o Anusandhan University, that runs the SUM Hospital, announced compensation for the deceased and injured victims of the fire mishap.

“We have decided to grant an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh each to the kin of the ones who have died during the incident and we will ensure total financial assistance covering all medical expenses for the treatment of the patients who are undergoing treatment at various private hospitals,” he said.

Meanwhile, State Government has also announced financial assistance from the CM relief fund.

As per information, as of now 106 persons are still undergoing treatment in other various hospitals like AMRI, AIIMS, KIIMS, SCB Medical and so on. Of 45 brought to AIIMS 30 patients are admitted and undergoing treatment.

“Most of them are in stable condition. While out of two critical patients, one of them an old person who was already in critical condition before the mishap occurred and another one who was also severe earlier has now stabled,” said AIIMS Director Gitanjali Batmanabane. “None of the deaths occurred due to fire but rather it was more due to asphyxiation because of too much smoke,” she said.

Similarly, at AMRI out of the 41 who arrived five had already died while of the rest 36, three are in critical condition. Most of the admitted patients have sustained burn injuries of 50 to 60 per cent and are under ICU treatment and most of them are showing signs of stability, an official of AMRI said.

Meanwhile, a control room has been set up by the government to regularly monitor the condition of the patients which will be managed by NHM Additional Director and Director of Medical Education and Training.

Helpline numbers 9439991226 and 0674-6666600 have been set up for inquiries at Capital Hospital and at AMRI Hospital.


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