‘All patients evacuated from B&J Hospital’

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Health & Medical Education Department on Friday said that all patients have been evacuated from Bone and Joint Hospital Barzulla here “as per preliminary information” and they are being shifted to other government health facilities.

“The Health & Medical Education Deptt is deeply concerned and monitoring the aftermath of the devastating  fire incident at B&J Hospital Srinagar,” the department said in a tweet.

“Reasons are being ascertained why the incident happened despite regular fire safety audits and adequate measures.”

In another tweet, the department said that preliminary information suggests that all patients have been evacuated and are being shifted to other government health facilities.

Earlier, massive fire plunged the whole hospital administration besides patients and attendants into panic.

Three wards which including Trauma, Recovery and Emergency were engulfed in blaze, eyewitness said.

The fire started from the Emergency Theatre possibly due to short circuit, they said. Apparently all the patients have been evacuated and were kept outside the hospital.

A number of ambulances have been pressed to remove the patients to other hospitals.

A ambulance driver at the spot said that they are taking the patients to “wherever hospital” they find feasible.

Many people from the adjacent areas rushed to the hospital to help authorities bring the fire under control and help the patients and the attendants in evacuation.

Men and machinery from the Fire and Emergency Department assisted by police and locals are on job douse off the raging flames. (GNS)

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