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Dilip Kumar

Cuttack: The district administration on Wednesday has directed to shut down the Sun Hospital at Tulsipur here temporarily in connection with the fire mishap that took place on February 1.

Collector Bhabani Shankar Chayani asked the concerned officials to shut the multi-specialty health care centre after hospital authorities failed to advance satisfactory explanations on a show cause notice served by the administration over the mishap.

Chayani said that the hospital will remain closed until its management come up with fitting reply. Patients’ treatment and laboratory activities have also been restricted till further order, Chayani added.

Notably, the hospital was operating without a fire safety certificate. However, evacuation mock-drills were conducted at the hospital at regular interval, Maheswar Swain, Director, Odisha Fire and Disaster Response Academy (OFDRA) had said earlier.

A major fire had broken out on the top floor of the hospital building on February 1, triggering panic among patients, attendants and staff.

As many as seven fire fighting units including 50-60 personnel were engaged to extinguish the blaze. The fire fighters had taken the help of hydraulic platform to carry out operations on top of the building. After hour-long operation, they had successfully brought the inferno under control.

As many as 11 patients were undergoing treatment at the hospital and all of them had been rescued before being sent to other hospitals to continue treatment.

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