Delhi hospital fire: License expired in March, unqualified doctors, no extinguishers - What led to death of 7 babies

Shocking details of negligence have emerged after seven newborns died in a massive fire at Baby Care New Born Hospital in Delhi on Saturday night.

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Updated26 May 2024
Charred remains of medical equipments and other items at Baby Care New Born Hospital.
Charred remains of medical equipments and other items at Baby Care New Born Hospital.(Hindustan Times)

Delhi hospital fire: As a pall of gloom descended upon seven families who lost their children in a massive fire at Delhi hospital, shocking details of negligence on the part of the owner have come to the fore. 

At least seven newborn babies died at the Baby Care New Born Hospital in Delhi's Vivek Vihar on Saturday night. Most parents got to know about the incident and death of their child on Sunday through the news or closed ones as neither the hospital nor police informed them.

DCP Shahdara Surendra Chaudhary said that the NOC issued to the Baby Care New Born Child Hospital expired on March 31.

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

DCP Shahdara Surendra Chaudhary said that the NOC issued to the Baby Care New Born Child Hospital expired on March 31.

Speaking to ANI, Chaudhary said that the hospital had installed over 10 beds, when it had permission for only five beds. Whereas, 12 newborns were admitted at the time of the incident.

Further, Delhi Police also said that the doctors at the facility were not qualified to treat a newborn child in need of Neo-Natal Incentive care, as they were BAMS degree holders only.

"There were no fire extinguishers installed in the hospital in case of an eruption of fire. There is no emergency exit in the hospital in case of any emergency," ANI quoted Delhi police as saying.

Meanwhile, police have arrested hospital owner Naveen Khichi, and Dr Akash who was on duty.

According to reports, in 2021, Khichi was booked for alleged mistreatment of a newborn during treatment, and at that time, it was discovered that the hospital was not registered under the Delhi Nursing Home Act.

Meanwhile, Delhi government has ordered a Magisterial Inquiry into the Vivek Vihar New Born Baby Care Hospital Fire incident.

Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue and Divisional Commissioner DDMA, Ashwani Kumar directed Shahadra District Magistrate and District Disaster Management Authority to inquire about the fire tragedy.

Also Read | Delhi hospital fire: Owner of New Born Baby Care has history of criminal negligence, says report

Earlier in the day, Atul Garg, Director of the Delhi Fire Department said that there were some oxygen cylinders, because of which the blast took place.

While six babies were declared brought dead, one died during treatment. Five babies are undergoing treatment at another hospital.

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