By Sandeep Sahu
It’s a real shocker! After what happened at the SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar on October 18, 2016, it is preposterous that a major hospital in a premiere city like Cuttack was allowed to operate without a fire safety license!!
When there is a fire mishap elsewhere, the people affected are rushed to the hospital. But where do you take the victims when there is a fire mishap in a hospital? What makes the incident at the Sadguru Hospital in Cuttack on Monday especially scary is that it was an exclusive Covid hospital. What it means is that patients from such a hospital can be shifted only to another Covid hospital – and not just any hospital.
The death of over 30 people in the SUM Hospital mishap four years ago should have ensured that no hospital in the state was given permission to run without foolproof fire safety measures in place. But with the passage of time, the…