Delhi hospital fire: 7 newborns die of suffocation, PM announces ex gratia of ₹2 lakh | Top 15 updates

  • Twelve newborns were rescued from the medical facility but seven of them died
  • Five babies are undergoing treatment at another hospital

Written By Sanchari Ghosh
Updated26 May 2024
Police personnel stand guard outside a children's hospital where a fire broke out on Saturday night at Vivek Vihar area, in New Delhi, Sunday
Police personnel stand guard outside a children’s hospital where a fire broke out on Saturday night at Vivek Vihar area, in New Delhi, Sunday(PTI)

As many as 7 newborns died on Saturday night as a massive fire broke out at a children's hospital in east Delhi's Vivek Vihar.

A Delhi Fire Services (DFS) official noted the blaze broke out at the children's hospital in Shahdara on Saturday night. Twelve newborns were rescued from the medical facility but seven of them died, while 5 are being treated at another hospital.

Delhi Police informed, the owner of the New Born Baby Care Hospital in Vivek Vihar, Naveen Kichi, a resident of Paschim Vihar is still absconding. FIR u/s 336 and 304A is being registered

Here are the key updates:

  • The fire broke out at the Baby Care New Born Hospital and its adjacent building at around 11:30 pm on Saturday. Once the babies were rescued, they were immediately shifted to another hospital.
  • Six babies were declared brought dead, one died during treatment. The bodies have been shifted to the GTB Hospital for postmortem.
  • Atul Garg, Director of the Delhi Fire Department said that it is most likely that the authorities did not posses a No-Objection Certificate (NOC). Gard told ANI, "I cannot explain this completely yet, most likely the authorities did not posses a No-Objection Certificate (NOC)."
     
  • Further noting that presence of a few oxygen cyllinder turned fatal, he said, “because there were some oxygen cylinders, the blast took place”

  • Later on Sunday morning, Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj says, “...12 of the newborn babies were rescued but, unfortunately, 6 of them died due to suffocation, one more child is in critical condition. I tried calling the health secretary but he is not picking up the call... We will take such strict action that none of the officials commit such negligence in future. We are with the families who have lost their babies. I'll talk to the DCP regarding this that the prosecution to be launched on the owners as soon as possible.”

  • President Droupadi Murmu extended her condolences on the incident. In a post on X, the President said, "The news of the death of many children due to a fire in a hospital in Vivek Vihar, Delhi is heart-rending. May God give strength to the bereaved parents and relatives to bear this shock. I pray for the speedy recovery of other children injured in this incident."
     
  • Meanwhile, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said, this incident of fire in a children's hospital is heartbreaking. We all stand with those who lost their innocent children in this accident.
     

  • Expressing grief, Narendra Modi said, the fire tragedy at a hospital in Delhi is heart-rending. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this incredibly difficult time. I pray that those injured recover at the earliest.

  • PM Modi also announced an ex gratia of 2 lakh from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund to the next of kin of each deceased in the fire tragedy.
  • "In the wake of the fire tragedy at a hospital in Delhi, the Prime Minister has announced that an ex gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of each deceased. Rs. 50,000 would be given to each of those injured," the Prime Ministers' office posted on X. 
  • “Government and administration officials are busy providing treatment to the injured at the spot. The causes of the incident are being investigated and whoever is responsible for this negligence will not be spared.”
  • Police said action is being initiated against the owner of the hospital identified as Naveen Kichi.

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