’Came to know through news, friend’: Fathers of two babies killed in Delhi hospital fire share their plight

The fathers of two of the seven babies killed in a fire at the Baby Care New Born Hospital in east Delhi's Vivek Vihar said that neither the hospital nor police informed them.

Written By Pratik Prashant Mukane
Updated26 May 2024
New Delhi: Interior of the Baby Care New Born Hospital at Vivek Vihar where a fire broke out on Saturday night.
New Delhi: Interior of the Baby Care New Born Hospital at Vivek Vihar where a fire broke out on Saturday night.(PTI)

"I saved money for the baby. I did not know that she would die," said a teary-eyed father of a 12-day-old baby who died in a massive fire at a baby care centre in Delhi on Saturday night.

Sharing their plights, the fathers of the two babies, who died in the incident, said that they learned about the incident from the news and friends.

At least seven babies died in a fire at the Baby Care New Born Hospital in east Delhi's Vivek Vihar. Five babies are undergoing treatment at another hospital.

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"I did not have knowledge of the incident. A friend informed me that there was an explosion in the baby care centre. I did not get any information either from the hospital or the police. I called the hospital but did no one responded to calls and then I rushed here," Anjaan's father told PTI.

The father blamed the hospital and the nursing home which referred them.

He added that he had been depositing 10 to 15 thousand on a daily basis for baby's treatment, and so far deposited nearly 2 lakh.

"I did not know that she won't be alive during the visiting time at 2pm on Sunday.

The bereaved father also requested the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to ensure justice. I had saved money for the baby. I did not know that she would die."

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Ritik, the father of 9-day-old baby, a resident of Bulandshahr and a farmer by profession, said that he came to know about the incident through news.

"My infant suffered oxygen-related difficulties. He was admitted to the hospital on May 20. I learned about the incident from the news. The baby was nine days old," Ritik explained.

He went on to say that he has spent between 70,000 and 80,000 rupees so far, and the hospital bears responsibility.

A relative of another baby who died in the incident said that the hospital administration didn't inform them about the fire. “We got to know about the fire today, at noon. They are not telling us about our baby. We want to see where the newborn babies are kept. We will identify our baby." a relative told ANI.

Delhi CM Kejriwal assured strict action against whoever is responsible for negligence.

Meanwhile, Atul Garg, Director of the Delhi Fire Department said that it is most likely that the baby care centre did not possess a No-Objection Certificate (NOC).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an ex gratia of 2 lakh from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund to the next of kin of each deceased.

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