The massive fire that engulfed a portion of SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar, killed over 20 patients while injuring 105 other people. While protests erupted outside the hospital premises on Wednesday, Manoj Nayak, owner of SUM Hospital and trsutee, Sikshya O Anusandhan Charitable Trust, surrendered in connection with the accident, said Police Commissioner Y B Khurania.
According to The Indian Express, the hospital lost its accreditation with the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) two months ago. It was found lacking quality standards, including measures to deal with fire. An FIR was lodged against the hospital authorities by the fire services department for not adhering to the recommendations that the latter made during a fire safety audit in 2013.
Meanwhile, agitated locals on Wednesday staged a demonstration in front of the SUM hospital here during the visit of the Union Health Minister J P Nadda demanding a compensation of Rs 15 lakh to the families of those killed in the hospital blaze. They were also demanding the arrest of the chairman of the trust that manages the medical facility and job to each of the affected families.
Moreover, in the wake of the deadly fire tragedy, an activist on Wednesday today moved the Orissa High Court, seeking judicial intervention for fire safety audit in all high-rise commercial establishments in the state.
“The petitioner has urged that the respondents should ensure that proper fire fighting measures are in place at commercial establishments like flats, shopping malls, hotels, cinema theatres, marriage mandaps, community halls, hospitals and nursing homes,” said advocate Arun Kumar Budhia, who moved a PIL in this regard.