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SUM fire: SOA announces Rs 5L for each deceased’s kin

Bhubaneswar, Oct 18: The Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University, which runs the Institute of Medical Sciences and Sum Hospital, on Tuesday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the victims’ families.

“The hospital authorities and the management have decided to extend an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the family of each deceased,” said SOA university vice chancellor Amit Banerjee.

“Several people also suffered minor to severe injuries during the rescue and evacuation operation and are undergoing treatment in several government and private hospitals. We firmly stand by these patients and have decided to bear cost of treatment of these patients,” added Banerjee.

He said since the Government has ordered two inquiries, one headed by the RDC (Central Division) and the other headed by the Director, Medical Education and Training, they will extend all possible cooperation to these inquiries initiated by Government.

The hospital authorities have also instituted an internal inquiry committee to go into the incident to find out the causes of the accident and systemic fault if there was any, he added.

“Only the medicine ICU and dialysis unit have been affected in the accident. The operation of the rest of the hospital, including all the departments) are unaffected and functioning smoothly today,” said Banerjee.

The Management of the Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University have declared seven days mourning and closed all the constituent institutes of the University today as a mark of respect and homage to the departed souls.

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