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The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

With the death toll in the ESIC Hospi­tal fire al­most touch­ing the ca­su­al­ties seen in the deadly Ka­mala Mills blaze, it’s time for hospi­tal man­age­ments to sit up and take a closer look at their fire safety mea­sures. Hos­pi­tals, un­like other places, have peo­ple who are ail­ing or com­pletely bedrid­den and thereby in­ca­pable of es­cap­ing in an emer­gency. In a telling ex­am­ple, ten out of 13 vic­tims in the ESIC fire were se­nior cit­i­zens while two were in­fants. The fire brigade of­fi­cials must en­sure that fire safety vi­o­la­tions are not dealt with kid gloves. rush down­stairs say­ing they would res­cue the pa­tients. Ul­ti­mately, my brother rushed in and man­aged to get her out but she had in­haled a lot of smoke by then,” said Nitesh. She was go­ing to be dis­charged, but ended up hav­ing to be put on ven­ti­la­tor again, he added.

She was fi­nally dis­charged on De­cem­ber 31. On Satur­day, Nitesh said her con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated with­out any warn­ing. “She closed her eyes and sud­denly stopped breath­ing. We called our fam­ily doc­tor, who pro­nounced her dead,” he said, adding he doesn’t know the cause of death as they were yet to get the death cer­tifi­cate. “The smoke in­hala­tion stopped what­ever progress she was mak­ing af­ter the stroke. Doc­tors had told us the stroke re­cov­ery could take 3-6 months, but she would be bet­ter,” he said.

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