Bhandara accident: State orders high-level probe as 10 infants die at hospital
In a horrific tragedy, ten newborn babies died after a fire broke out at the neo-natal care ward of the district general hospital at Bhandara in eastern Maharashtra in the early hours of Saturday.
The staff managed to rescue seven of the 17 babies in the ward.
While the cause was suspected to be a short circuit or a malfunctioning air-conditioning unit and the state government ordered a probe by fire experts, a BJP leader alleged that there were complaints about power fluctuations in the ward but no action was taken.
Health Minister Rajesh Tope said a six-member committee headed by a director, Health, Sadhana Tayade will conduct an inquiry and submit a report in three days.
Maharashtra government has ordered a high-level investigation into Bhandara hospital fire incident, informed Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on January 09. "Those found responsible for negligence will be strictly punished," said Home Minster Deshmukh.
Former chief minister of Maharashtra and Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis on January 09 demanded an immediate probe in the fire incident at Sick Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) of Bhandara District General Hospital and Rs 10 lakhs compensation for the kin of the children who died in the incident. In the wee hours of January 09 (Saturday), a massive fire broke out at Bhandara District General Hospital that took the life of 10 infants.
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that the state government has taken very strict action and suspended Asha and Anganwadi workers for administering sanitiser during pulse polio drive in Yavatmal. "One Asha and one Anganwadi worker have been suspended. Apart from this, the Government has also recommended that the women and child development department should terminate them," he said. Twelve children under five years of age were admitted to a hospital after they were administered sanitiser drops instead of polio vaccine in Maharashtra's Yavatmal on February 01.
Health Minister of Maharashtra, Rajesh Tope on January 09 announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakhs for the kin of the children who died in the fire incident at Bhandara District General Hospital today. He said, "Ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs each to be provided to the kin of the deceased in the fire incident at Bhandara District General Hospital." State Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also ordered an inquiry into the incident.
Union Power Minister RK Singh on March 02 said that there is "no evidence of cyber-attacks by China" during Mumbai's power outage that happened in October 2020. RK Singh said, "Two teams investigated the power outage and submitted that the outage was caused by human error and not due to cyber attack. One of the teams submitted that cyber attack did happen but they were not linked to the Mumbai grid failure. Cyber attacks happened on our northern and southern region load dispatch centres but they (malware) could not reach our operating system. Maharashtra Home Minister has informed that cyber-attacks happened on their SCADA system in Mumbai. We don't have evidence to say that the cyber-attacks were carried out by China or Pakistan. Some people say that the group behind the attacks is Chinese but we don't have evidence. China will definitely deny it." On the other hand, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh asked not politicizes the matter and said, "Cyber-attack issue is not just confined to Mumbai but it could spread across the country. I have spoken to Union Minister RK Singh about this. He has sought details about it and said that we should remain alert." On March 01, Anil Deshmukh had stated that October 2020 Mumbai power outage was cyber attack by China. It was later, denied by China.
Maharashtra government said the October 12th Mumbai power outage last year may have been ’cyber sabotage'. The Maharashtra govt revealed a prelim report suggesting conspiracy. Earlier, a report by a U.S.-based cyber security firm blamed China. The U.S. firm suggested Chinese groups targeted Indian power sector with malware. The October blackout had brought India's financial capital to its knees. Train & emergency services, stock markets and other activities had been affected. Maharashtra’s Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh informed that the report has been handed over to minister Nitin Rajput. Watch the video for more details.
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Ten infants died in a fire at a hospital in Mumbai's Bhandara, 900 km from the state capital Mumbai. The fire is believed to have broken out due to a short circuit at 2 am. 17 new borns were admitted..