Mumbai: A day after a massive fire at the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Hospital in Andheri, Mumbai, the hospital staff began their protest on Tuesday. They were complaining against the inadequate facilities in the hospital.
Six people had lost their lives on Monday itself while two died the next day. A leading portal quoted an official as saying that the hospital had failed to clear the fire safety test. Now, the hospital’s fire safety audit would be re-examined, claimed the report.
Union Health Minister JP Nadda has spoken to Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Union Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar over the accident. Chief Minister Fadnavis had also ordered an inquiry into the fire.
The deceased include a 5-month-old baby girl and 157 were reported injured after the massive fire swept through the state government-run hospital. “Altogether 176 persons, including three firemen, are now being treated in city hospitals,” reports quoted an official from Disaster Management Unit of BMC.
The fire, caused by a suspected short-circuit, was first noticed in the upper floors of the five-storied building with a glass facade in the MIDC area — the industrial hub in the north-western suburb — around 4.15 PM.
At least 12 fire tenders, 15 water tankers, and other specialised equipment were rushed to battle the blaze and those trapped were taken out via ladders from the third and fourth floors as the flames quickly spread.
Meanwhile, Union Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar has announced Rs 10 lakh each as compensation for the next of the kin of those who died in the fire, a statement said.
“Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour & Employment, Santosh Kumar Gangwar announced compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the families of those who lost their lives in the accident, Rs 2 lakh each for those who have serious injuries and Rs 1 lakh each for those with minor injuries,” the labour ministry statement said.