A fire broke out on 6.11.2021 at 11am on the ground floor of the Ahmednagar civil hospital, where 17 patients were admitted, of which 15 were on either ventilator or oxygen support. 11 died. A medical officer and three staff nurses were arrested on charges of causing death by negligence and culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
A short circuit is suspected to be the cause of the blaze according to the chief fire officer of the city. Reports say that the district Collector stated that a fire audit had been carried out at the hospital. But according to the fire officer the work of installing necessary safety systems was incomplete due to “want of funds.
It is a tragedy, who is to be blamed??? ………The doctors and nursing staff have been made scapegoats, suspended, terminated and arrested. Why??. Did they cause the fire?..Whose job was it to ensure a fire never took place?? Are they being questioned? What do you mean by “lack of funds”.. Were the doctors and nurses supposed to fund the work.
It was a covid ICU…These doctors and staff have been working day and night here to save patients lives ever sine the pandemic started, no rest, no sleep, no holidays…Only the risk of getting infected. Were the doctors and staff supposed to check the fire systems or install them, were they supposed to douse the fire. Was it not enough that they worked sincerely in the covid wards and ICU bravely , never complaining. Then why are they made the scapegoats. Who was supposed to ensure the fire alarms, sprinklers, smoke detectors and extinguishers were in place, are they being questioned . Who was responsible for providing adequate funds in time, have they been questioned, NO……They are all scot free…….The medical fraternity is a group of timid humans….They only know to love and serve….And this is what they get…….. Disgusting. No politician, social groups or so called human rights activists come forward to defend them, no bureaucrat defends them…..They all find pleasure in blaming them, punishing them.
Where is the justice ?? Why cant the judiciary see the truth before placing them into police custody. Why dont judges ask….Who built the ICU, who supplied the equipment, who was the electrial contractor….After all it was supposedly a short circuit that caused the fire. Does the judiciary ask who was responsible for not providing the funds needed. NO. The easiest way out, arrest a few doctors a d nurses to show action has been taken, and save the skins of the real culprits.
Another moot point…..Where is the unity amongst doctors and the para medical staff. Except for the local doctors and paramedics no one seems to utter a word of protest . The Indian Medical Association makes feeble noises, nothing concrete. This must change, it’s utter injustice towards the medical fraternity……….The real heroes of the Covid pandemic sentenced to grave injustice . My condolences to the families who lost their near and dear ones
Ahmednagar is in Maharashtra, India