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MP: Roof cave-in at Ratlam civil hospital kills one, injures 11

A 45-year-old man was killed and 11 others were injured when the roof of the maternity ward of Ratlam Civil Hospital collapsed on Saturday midnight.

indore Updated: Jul 25, 2016 10:47 IST
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Rescue work is on after the roof of the maternity ward collapsed at the civil hospital in Ratlam on Saturday midnight.
Rescue work is on after the roof of the maternity ward collapsed at the civil hospital in Ratlam on Saturday midnight.(HT Photo)

A 45-year-old man was killed and 11 others were injured when the roof of the maternity ward of Ratlam Civil Hospital collapsed on Saturday midnight.

Narendra Lashkari was attending to his wife Pappi in the ward after the birth of their daughter on Friday when the roof of the dilapidated building caved in.

He died on the spot while his younger brother Sonu and 10 other patients and their relatives were injured in the mishap which occurred between 11.30 pm and 12 midnight on Saturday.

District collector B Chandrashekhar said around 200-300 sq ft of the roof collapsed when most patients and their relatives were asleep.

“One person has died and 11 other were injured in the incident. Administration has already handed over ex-gratia amount of Rs 4 lakh to the deceased’s widow,” he said.

Chaos prevailed at the hospital as crowds gathered to see what happened, while a crane was pressed into service to clear the debris. (HT Photo)

Asked about the cause of the collapse, the collector said, “The structure was already very old and it could have collapsed due to rain water seepage as the district had been receiving heavy rain for the past couple of days.”

“We have formed a three-member investigation team of executive engineers from public works department (PWD), Ratlam Development Authority (RDA) and Ratlam Municipal Corporation (RMC), to probe the incident. The panel will submit its report within three days and on the basis of that, administration will take relevant action,” Chandrashekhar said.

One of the injured, Radheshyam said he had come to give dinner to his daughter who had delivered a baby when the roof caved in.

The medical staff of the hospital was prompt in providing treatment to the injured and moving them to the emergency ward.

Chaos prevailed at the hospital as crowds gathered to see what happened, while a crane was pressed into service to clear the debris.

The district collector, superintendent of police, local MLA and city mayor along with rescue team were at the spot.

The poor condition of healthcare in the state has resulted in the loss of precious lives in the past. On June 12, Damoh collector’s ailing mother died due to unavailability of ambulance.

The Ratlam incident will bring back the focus on the creaking health infrastructure of the state. There have been a series of unfortunate deaths in the last few months.

On May 29, two babies were administered nitrous oxide instead of oxygen in the newly built state of the art operation theatre of the pediatrics unit of Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital in Indore, resulting in their death.

A 35-year-old man, admitted in ICU, sustained injuries after his oxygen mask caught fire at the same hospital in March. It was however reported that the man was trying to smoke a ‘beedi’.

There have been reports of women delivering on ambulances and tonga (carriage) and of newborns dying due to inattention, and their bodies being eaten by dogs and insects in the state.