KOLKATA – Two nurses from Kottayam district in Kerala died in the Kolkata hospital fire while trying to save patients.
In the massive fire that claimed about 90 lives (9 Dec 2011) at Advanced Medical Research Institute (AMRI) Hospital, two of the four hospital staff who died in the fire belonged to Kerala.
Nurses P.K. Vineetha (22) and Remya Rajan (23) died after fighting a valiant battle to save the patients entrusted to them in the female general ward.
“There were nine patients in the ward and they could save eight of them. Both the girls had gone up to save the ninth patient, who had suffered a fracture, but succumbed to the smoke and heat. Only one patient died in the ward,” said Ms. Sumini, the Deputy Nursing Superintendent.
20 other nurses who rescued patients from the AMRI hospital falmes and smoke are fighting for their lives.
Meanwhile, six board members of the AMRI hospital have been arrested for culpable homicide after this morning’s fire in which 89 people – 85 patients and four staff members – died.
There were 160 people inside the super specialty hospital in Dhakuria, south Kolkata, when the fire began at about 3 am (9th Dec 2011).
AMRI hospital was set up in 1996, and is co-owned by the Emami & Shrachi Groups.
It is estimated that there are over 16,000 (sixteen thousand) nurses (both male and female) working in various Kolkata hospitals. Most of them are payed a pittance of Rs.7,000 (seven thousand) ie. about Euro 100 (one hundred) only. The nurses opt for Kolkata as they get double the amount of salary they get elsewhere, say in Hyderabad.