Covid-19 patient killed as fire breaks out in hospital in Bengal | Latest News India

KOLKATA: A 60-year-old woman being treated for Covid-19 at a government hospital in Burdwan, West Bengal, was killed on Saturday morning after a fire broke out at the hospital’s Covid-19 ward, hospital authorities said

KOLKATA: A 60-year-old woman being treated for Covid-19 at a government hospital in Burdwan, West Bengal, was killed on Saturday morning after a fire broke out at the hospital’s Covid-19 ward, hospital authorities said.

The victim was identified as Sandhya Rani Mondol, a resident of the same district. Hospital authorities have formed a five-member committee to investigate the incident.

A senior doctor said the fire may have been caused by a mosquito spiral, as only one bed was gutted. Three other patients who were being treated for Covid-19 in the general ward were rescued. They suffered no injuries.

“It was around 5 a.m. when the fire broke out at the station. There were four patients in the general ward. Although we were able to save three patients, one died. Only one bed was affected by the fire,” said Dr. Tapas Ghosh, Medical Superintendent and Deputy Director of Burdwan Medical College and Hospital.

A relative of a Covid 19 patient first discovered the flames and sounded the alarm. While the hospital staff rescued the three patients and began fighting the fire, the fire brigade was also informed. The fire was extinguished before firefighters could reach the scene.

On Friday, 3,805 new Covid-19 cases were detected in West Bengal, bringing the total number of active cases to 45,729. At least 34 patients died Thursday.

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