Minister Koca Inspects Gaziantep Hospital Where Fire Broke Out

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The Minister of Health Dr. Fahrettin Koca and the Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gül made inspections at the hospital in Gaziantep where 9 patients died in the fire that broke out due to the high-flow oxygen device at the COVID-19 intensive care unit.

Minister Koca and Minister Gül talked to the press following their visit to Sanko University's Private Sani Konukoğlu Hospital.

Noting that the fire broke out at around 4.30 in the morning, Koca continued,

"We know that the fire broke out due to a device that delivers high-flow oxygen in the intensive care unit. In the ward, there were 19 patients. 7 patients died on scene. 1 patient died during the transportation of 11 patients and 1 died at the hospital 4.5 hours later. 10 patients have been transferred to neighboring hospitals where they are receiving intensive care. I would like to extend my condolences to the families of the deceased and wish a speedy recovery for the injured."

Minister Koca continued, "16 staff have also been affected by the fire. 7 of them are being closely monitored at the intensive care. We have paid them a visit. It is possible that they will complete their treatment be transferred to the ward.

Both the chief prosecutor's office and our ministry have assigned an inspector to kick off an investigation. Please rest assured that we are determined to find the problem, failure or defect that caused this. May Allah spare us from such events."

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Updated: 21/12/2020