Fire breaks out in AIIMS, dozens of fire tenders pressed into service - GulfToday

Fire breaks out in AIIMS, dozens of fire tenders pressed into service

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A fire broke out on two floors of a building in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital here, leading to panic among the people in the premier medical institution, officials said on Saturday. No casualties have been reported so far.

The fire in the PC building, which does not have patients and mainly comprises doctors' rooms, but is situated near the emergency block, has now been brought under control.

Former Union Minister Arun Jaitley is presently undergoing treatment at the institution.

Officials said they received a call at around 4:50pm informing them about the incident.

A total of 34 fire tenders were pressed for service to douse the blaze, a senior fire service official said.

The fire is under control and the cooling process is underway, he said.

Officials at the hospital are shifting the patients while the Emergency Lab, the Superspeciality OPD ward and the AB1 ward have been shut down.

Jaitley critical

Jaitley, who has been put on life support at the AIIMS hospital here, is in a critical condition, hospital sources said on Saturday.

Jaitley has been put on extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which is used for patients whose lungs and heart are incapable of operating on their own.

Several political leaders came to the AIIMS to meet the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader.

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati visited the hospital to meet Jaitley who has been admitted since Aug.9.

"Today I went to AIIMS to see former Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley to enquire about his health. There I met his family members and with them, I prayed to God for the speedy recovery of Jaitley ji," she tweeted.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar flew to Delhi on Saturday and directly went to the hospital from the airport.

Among other leaders, Union Minister Piyush Goyal, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, and Congress leaders Abhishek Singhvi and Jyotiraditya Scindia also visited the hospital to enquire about Jaitley's health.

On Friday night, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited AIIMS to meet the ailing leader.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and top BJP leaders have also visited the hospital.

Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS on August 9 after he complained of uneasiness and weakness. Owing to his health condition, Jaitley had opted out of contesting the elections this year as well as taking up a ministerial role.

 

Indo-Asian News Service