Odisha health minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak resigned on Friday in the wake of a fire at Bhubaneswar’s SUM hospital that has claimed 25 lives.
“Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak sent me his resignation on moral grounds and I have accepted it. I have forwarded it to the governor,” chief minister Naveen Patnaik was quoted as saying by a local daily.
While two persons died from their injuries on Thursday night, two others died on Friday, taking the toll to 25.
Nineteen patients died on Monday when the fire broke out in the hospital. As many as 106 patients were shifted to different hospitals following the major fire that started in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the dialysis ward at SUM Hospitals on Monday evening.
The Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissionerate Police arrested four hospital officials on Tuesday, and the owner, Manoj Nayak, on Thursday and secured his two-day remand.
Nayak was to be grilled over the renewal of registration and the lack of fire safety measures in his hospital, the police said.
“Exemplary action would be taken against those whoever found guilty,” CM Patnaik had said.