The gutted ICU of Vijay Vallabh hospital in Virar.
MUMBAI: The chief executive officer (CEO) Dr Dilip Shah and the chief administrative officer (CAO) Dr Shailesh Pathak of the Vijay Vallabh hospital in Virar, where a fire in the ICU killed 15 Covid-19 patients on Friday, have been arrested.
The crime branch of the Mira Bhayander Vasai Virar (MBVV) Commissionerate is likely to produce them before the Vasai court later today.
The Arnala Coastal Police had booked the hospital management along with medical staff of the hospital under IPC sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 304, 337, 338 (causing hurt by act so rashly or negligently as to endanger human life) and 34 (common intention).
The 90-bedded hospital was a full-fledged Covid facility after the pandemic struck in March last year. On Friday, at around 3 am, a blast in the AC unit of the ICU, located on the second floor, killed 15 patients. While 13 were charred in the ICU, two rescued patients died later of severe burn injuries.
Two female patients, who were the first to be rescued escaped with minor burns and are admitted in the Chandansar Covid care hospital and Priyadarshini hospital in Virar. Doctors said they are stable and their oxygen is being monitored.
Another 70 patients admitted in the first, third and fourth floors have been moved to hospitals in the Vasai region and the Dahisar Jumbo Covid centre.
The hospital had renewed its fire licence last month. Relatives of patients had alleged that only two nurses and two ward boys were present in the entire hospital during the night. A doctor on night duty was away when the fire broke out. The hospital did not have the mandatory sprinkler system.
Firemen said that the sparks from the blast hit the beds and fabrics and charred the patients. The hospital staff was also accused of trying to undertake fire fighting for about 15 minutes before calling the fire brigade.
The fire engines arrived five minutes after receiving the fire call at 3.13 am. The fire was contained at 3.45 am.