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Fire reduces Hospicio’s dialysis unit to ashes

Margao: A fire at the dialysis unit of the Hospicio Hospital at Margao on Friday evening caused losses estimated over lakhs of rupees. A machine and some material used for dialysis were charred in the fire. Apparently the building has been declared unsafe for occupation in 2013 but the dialysis unit was curated by the doctor in-charge recently. It was reported to be still in use, barring some warnings and notices.

The incident was reported to the Fire Station Margao after 5 pm, soon after the lady in-charge closed the unit and left for the day. The dialysis for the day was completed at 4pm and the patients too had left. When the fire fighting team arrived they found smoke and fire on the second floor of the old building of the Hospicio Hospital.

The dialysis unit on the second floor had caught fire and all the material inside the unit was destroyed, a fireman said. It took three fire tenders and almost an hour for the fire-fighters to douse the fire.

According to the in-charge of the dialysis unit, the loss is huge but sources at the hospital claim that the loss is to the tune of few lakhs. The exact figure of the damage caused, however, couldn’t be established till late evening.
However the interesting fact here is that the Health Department and the Hospicio have been asking the in-charge of the unit Dr. Venkatesh Reddy to vacate the rooms from the building since 2013 as the second and the 3rd floor of the building was declared unsafe.

“However, the dialysis unit wasn’t moved away from the building, claiming that the matter is pending in the Supreme Court,” said Medical Superintendent Ira Almeida. She further updated that recently after the survey of the PWD and collector of South the entire building was declared unsafe for occupation. Only the dialysis unit continued in the old building, sources said. [H]

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