Goalpara civil hospital fire

A fire broke out in the special newborn care unit of the Goalpara civil hospital in Assam’s Goalpara district this morning at 9:30 am. All 14 newborns admitted at the hospital were moved to safety by the nurses and other staff of the hospital.

The fire reportedly started at one corner of the unit and it is still not clear whether it was due to a short circuit or some waste material catching fire. According to officials, the fire could not cause much damage as it was doused soon after it started.

Nurses present at the spot reportedly broke open a window and began evacuating the infants. The infants are reportedly safe and have been admitted across private hospitals in Goalpara town for the time being.

This is the second incident of fire at an intensive care units for babies in a governmnet hospital in Assam in less than a month. On November 10, a ventilator of an ICU at the paediatric ward caught fire at Assam Medical College Hospital (AMCH) in Dibrugarh.

The fire was caused due to short circuit and was immediately doused too and all infants were safely evacuated.

Also read: Assam: Fire at Dibrugarh AMCH’s paediatric ward, dozen babies rescued

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