PM Modi condoles loss of lives in Ahmedabad hospital fire, PMO announces ex-gratia

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PM Modi saddened by fire at Ahmedabad COVID-19 hospital that killed 8

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condoled the loss of lives in a fire that broke out at a Covid-19 hospital in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

At least eight patients have been killed in the accident.

”Saddened by the tragic hospital fire in Ahmedabad. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon,” the prime minister tweeted.

41 other patients were shifted to other hospitals following the fire incident at the hospital. Firefighters have managed to control the fire which broke out at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital.

Rajiv Kumar Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary, Gujarat, said that Shrey Hospital has been sealed and 41 patients were shifted to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Hospital. He added that bodies were sent for post-mortem.

The prime minister added that he spoke to Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and Ahmedabad Mayor Bijal Patel over the incident.

PM Modi has also announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 Lakhs each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to the next of kin of the deceased. He announced that Rs 50,000 will be given to those injured due to the fire.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has also expressed anguish over the incident and expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased. “Deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to a tragic fire accident at a hospital in Ahmedabad. My condolences and thoughts are with the affected families in this hour of grief. Praying for the speedy recovery of those injured,” the home minister said in a tweet.

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