LAHORE – Seven newborn babies died and nine others were injured, five of them are in critical condition, all this due to faulty construction plan of the nursery in Services Hospital.
The number of causalities could have been lessened if the hospital had a proper lay out, said a senior officer of Chief Minister’s Inspection Team (CMIT) on Saturday.
Sources claimed that CMIT has completed its investigations into the tragic fire incident that occurred at Services Hospital a couple of days back. Another officer of CMIT said, “We spent the whole day at the hospital and recorded the statements of concerned officers including Medical Superintendent, Additional Medical Superintendent, SDO and Supervisor”.
He said that the fire erupted because of spark in the electric wires; this was negligence on the part of the hospital’s management. Sources said that CMIT has taken the record into custody.
An investigator said that there was only one door in the nursery about three feet wide, which hindered the rescue. Parents of the infants gathered at the entrance hindering the rescue efforts further and the small door added to the dilemma.
A writ petition was also filed in Lahore High Court on Saturday. The petitioner stated that it was the third major fire at Services Hospital in two years.
In the recent incident when the fire broke 26 underweight and premature babies were under treatment in the unit. The lives of the injured babies were said to be at risk because there was only one nursery unit in the hospital and that was badly damaged.
An investigator said that when the fire broke out, smoke engulfed the nursery since there was oxygen inside the nursery it enhanced the smoke.
Chairman CMIT Najam Saeed when contacted said that they were on to it and would shortly submit their report to the Chief Minister.