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According to a representative from New Delhi Television, approximately 17 patients were in the Maharashtra ward when the fire broke out.
Officials in the western Indian state of Maharashtra said that at least 11 patients perished when a fire broke out in the COVID-19 ward of a hospital.
When the fire broke out in the ward in the city of Ahmednagar, an official told New Delhi Television that there were approximately 17 patients in the building. The remaining patients have been transferred to a COVID-19 unit in another hospital, according to Rajendra Bhosle, the district magistrate.
Cause of fire
While the blaze has now been brought under control, the reason has not yet been determined, according to him, who added that officials will conduct an inquiry into the incident.
Taking on Twitter, former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis called for “severe punishment” against those who were involved in the attack in Maharashtra.
In addition to expressing condolences to the loss on Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wished the injured a speedy recovery, writing, “may they recover at the earliest.”
Fires have engulfed hospitals around the country in recent weeks, with one, in particular, causing death.
When the government was dealing with a severe surge in coronavirus cases in May, a fire in a COVID-19 hospital in western India claimed the lives of 16 patients, according to official figures.
According to authorities, the incident, which broke out at the Patel Welfare Hospital in Baruch city, also claimed the lives of two hospital employees.
Another fire ripped through a critical care facility on the outskirts of Mumbai a month before that, resulting in the deaths of 13 people.
Poor maintenance of machines, equipment breakdowns, and a lack of sufficient firefighting equipment have all been blamed for previous occurrences.
In the first few months of 2021, India was hit by a massive wave of COVID-19 infections that overwhelmed hospitals all around the country.
Since then, as a result of a massive vaccination program, the number of cases has decreased.
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