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Delhi health minister calls meeting regarding death of seven newborns in fire incident at Vivek Vihar

New Delhi: Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj has called a meeting today regarding the fire at a baby care hospital in Vivek Vihar where seven newborns lost their lives.
There will also be a discussion in the meeting regarding the increasing heat wave in Delhi.
The meeting will be held at the Delhi Secretariat at 1 pm today, in which Health Department officials are likely to participate.
Yesterday, the Delhi government has ordered a Magisterial enquiry into the Vivek Vihar New Born Baby Care Hospital fire incident.
Meanwhile, Delhi Police in its investigation has pointed towards major lapses that led to the deaths of seven newborn babies in the Vivek Vihar fire incident on Saturday night.
Police said that the license on which the hospital was operating was no longer valid and there was no emergency exit in the hospital premises.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Shahdara, Surendra Chaudhary said that the hospital had permission for up to five beds but they installed more than 10 beds.
"We came to know that the NOC of the hospital had also expired on March 31 and the hospital had permission for up to 5 beds but they had installed more than 10 beds. Apart from this, they did not have a fire exit system. So in view of all this, we have added sections 304 and 308 of IPC in FIR and we have arrested its director, Dr Naveen Kichi. One of the doctors who was on duty, Dr Akash, has also been arrested. The accused have 3 such clinics in Delhi," the police official told ANI.
Police investigation further revealed that some of the doctors in the hospital were not qualified to treat a newborn child in need of Neo-Natal Incentive care, as they are BAMS degree holders only.
The two accused identified as Dr Naveen Khichi (45), who is the owner of the hospital and Dr Akash (26) have been arrested.
The report further added that seven dead children, of which four male and three female newborn babies were moved to the GTB Hospital for postmortem. A total of 16 fire tenders were used to douse the fire.

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