A day after Valley’s lone maternity Lal Ded Hospital caught fire, Medical Education Minister Taj Mohi-u-Din Wednesday admitted that most of the hospitals in Kashmir Valley lack fire-fighting equipments. He said that all the new coming up hospitals would be equipped with fire-fighting system.
Soon after visiting Lal Ded Hospital to take stock of the situation, Taj told reporters that internal probe has been ordered to know the cause of fire. “Samples have been sent to Forensic Laboratory and the cause of fire could be ascertained only after receiving the report from the Forensic Laboratory,” he said adding that short circuit may have caused the fire
Taj Mohi-u-Din said that Government was already mulling to dismantle the gutted building and for this purpose it was put on auction. “No bidder was ready to pay Rs 30 lakhs for this building and even after reducing the auction price to Rs 17 lakhs, no bidder turned up,” he said.
The Minister lauded the services rendered by doctors and Para medical staff in the hospital and said that Hospital functioned normally even during the time of blaze. “Our doctors operated upon the patients while nurses took great care of the women patients and I can tell you their role was commendable,” he said.