AMRI will treat volunteers affected in rescue work

Kolkata: As the death toll in the AMRI Hospital fire climbed, authorities at the institution here today said it would take responsibility for treatment of volunteers who fell ill during rescue operations.

The hospital authorities had faced criticism from many quarters for their silence on the demand for treatment of the volunteers who risked their lives to save others and not cooperating with them during the evacuation.

"Some volunteers were in need of medical attention. While some of them have been treated immediately, we believe there are others who may be in need of medical attention. We are requesting them to come to AMRI Dhakuria so that medical support can be administered at the earliest. AMRI will take responsibility of all such treatment," an unsigned statement on behalf of the hospital, said.

While condoling the deaths, it thanked "members of the neighbouring locality" and family members of the patients for helping in the evacuation, saying "they had shown tremendous courage and camaraderie, risking their lives to save patients".