Massive blaze destroy valley’s lone Orthopedic Hospital

Principal GMC to submit report within 24 hours

Massive blaze destroy valley’s lone Orthopedic Hospital

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Srinagar, March 5: The main building of Bone and Joint hospital at Barzulla area of the city was destroyed in a devastating fire late last evening forcing authorities to shift all the patients to other nearby hospitals for treatment.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir PK Pole said the Principal of the Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar has been asked to ascertain the cause of the fire within 24 hours.

The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, however, appreciated locals for evacuating patients without wasting any time. "Shifting patients of bone and the joint hospital was impossible without the help of locals who swung into action within no time and helped the authorities.

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has sought a fire safety audit of all the hospitals in the valley. "The fire safety audit of hospitals should be done immediately to ensure safety and security of patients and staff," said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan, in a statement.

"Friday's fire incident at the orthopaedic hospital is a wake-up call," he said, adding, "It is imperative to conduct safety audits of hospitals to prevent such incidents in future".

"If we are admitting patients, we need to keep them safe," he said adding "patient safety should be of paramount consideration." The DAK President said we need to ensure that fire fighting measures are in place at health institutions to provide a safe environment for patients.

"We need to identify gaps if any, and fill them on priority," he added. "Every hospital needs to have trained dedicated staff to maintain the fire safety standards," he said.

OPD, emergency services to resume soon at the fire-ravaged hospital

The Out Patient Department (OPD) and Emergency Services at fire-ravaged Bone and Joint Hospital will resume from the unaffected building of the complex soon.

"Fire broke out in the emergency operation theatre, no loss of life. The hospital will be fully operational within a week or more" Additional Chief Secretary, Health & Medical Education, Vivek Bhardwaj said.

"The cause of the fire that caused damage to the Bone and Joint Hospital on Friday evening is being ascertained", said Dr Samia Rashid Principal Government Medical College Srinagar in a statement.

She also denied that the fire was caused due to the LPG cylinder blasts at Bone and Joint Hospital at Barzulla Srinagar.

As reported earlier, a massive fire destroyed Kashmir's only orthopaedic hospital prompting authorities to evacuate 113 patients to other hospitals while many others left on their own.

Officials said the massive fire broke out in 250-bed Bone and Joint Hospital, Barzulla in Srinagar at around 21:30 hours late last evening. The fire started from the emergency theatre on the third floor of the old building of the hospital which later engulfed inpatient wards very quickly.

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