SUM fire mishap: Hospital authorities under glare


Bhubaneswar: Significant developments have been seen following the disastrous fire outbreak incident in SUM Hospital on Monday which claimed 22 lives and maimed about 106 others severely, with preliminary investigations pointing fingers at SUM Hospital authorities.

As per information Umakant Sathpathy, the Joint Director of DMET has filed a complaint accusing the hospital authorities of negligence in duty, and improper management of patients.

Similarly, fire services department has also submitted a complaint against the hospital authorities for not having appropriate fire fighting facilities and dereliction in duty.

Both the complaints have been made at Khandagiri police station.

It is to be noted that the hospital did not have fire safety clearance since 2013 in spite of a notification but it is quite shocking to see that the government had so long been sleeping without any worries.

Earlier on the day Amit Banerjee Vice Chancellor of Sikhya o Anusandhan University the parent body of SUM Hospital had stated that his medical authorities had done all possible and best efforts to mitigate the disaster and that they had followed the appropriate guidelines in terms of ensuring management of fire fighting facilities, actions and all other aspects.

Meanwhile, SUM authorities had suspended three on duty officials with relevance to the accident.

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