14 new-born babies rescued after fire breaks out at Bhalukdubi Civil Hospital
In a shocking incident on Friday morning in Goalpara town, at least 14 newborn babies had a narrow escape after a massive fire broke out at the Bhalukdubi Civil Hospital.
GOALPARA: In a shocking incident on Friday morning in Goalpara town, at least 14 newborn babies had a narrow escape after a massive fire broke out at the Bhalukdubi Civil Hospital.
According to information, the incident occurred around at 10 am at the Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) when short circuit led to the fire which spread fast. This led to a panic situation and the hospital staff and attending guardians immediately plunged into action to rescue the infants.
Some of them entered the hall by breaking the window panes. Subsequently, all the babies were rescued safe and sound. Amirul Islam, father of rescued baby from South Salmara Mankachar district, said, "I forced by way into the hall but could not identify my son due to the heavy smoke. In a rush, another baby was taken out by a guardian by mistake and returned after half an hour."
Later, talking to the media persons, Dr. Nilmadhab Das, Joint Director of Health Services (JDHS) said, "All the babies were rescued unhurt. Some of them were even immediately admitted to the local private hospitals for their continued care and protection. Special steps will be taken in future to prevent such incidents." On the other hand, Meenakshi Das Nath, Deputy Commissioner, visited the hospital after the incident and gave necessary directions to ensure safety and protection of the patients.
The Bhalukdubi Civil Hospital is a nationally awarded government hospital and visited daily by several hundred patients and attendants, not only from Goalpara but also from the neighbouring districts like Kamrup, Bongaigaon, South Salmara Mankachar. However, this incident has left the visitors in a state of shock.