SUM fire outbreak: Health Secy Ahuja takes stock of situation


Bhubaneswar: Odisha Health Secretary Arti Ahuja on Tuesday visited SUM hospital early in the morning to take stock of the fire outbreak incident that occurred on Monday evening claiming at least 22 lives.

Ahuja confirmed the deaths of 19 patients saying 14 were brought dead at the Capital Hospital and five succumbed to injuries at AMRI Hospital.

“All 19 of them have been autopsied and sent to their houses through arranged ambulances. They have been covered under Harischandra Yojana. The ones who are from other districts have also been transferred through vehicles. Arrangements for those who wanted to deliver their bodies at Puri were also ensured,” Ahuja said.

“Causes of fire will come out once the investigations are over,” she added.

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