Children’s hospital pharmacy fire burns medicine to ashes

A massive fire broke out at Lahore Children’s Hospital in the early hours of Saturday.

The fire that broke out on the third floor of the hospital burned down drugs worth millions of rupees and the corresponding file.

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According to Professor Saleem of Children’s Hospital MD, the fire started at 5:07 a.m.

About 20 rescuers took part in the rescue operation. Speaking to Minute Mirror, a Rescue spokesperson said the fire was so intense it took them seven hours to extinguish the blaze.

Fortunately, no casualties were reported in the incident. However, the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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The fire caused the closure of the outpatient department (OPD), trapping several patients and their loved ones in the emergency room for hours.

A six-member Health Ministry committee has opened an investigation into the incident at the direction of Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz. The committee will submit a report within 24 hours.

According to officials, action will be taken against those responsible after the investigation report.

The incident came a day after the Department of Specialty Health requested medication data from five teaching hospitals, including the children’s hospital, to develop a digital medication registry.

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Lillian L. Pena