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Centre Directs States, UTs To Check Fire Safety Measures In Hospitals

New Delhi: The Centre on Monday directed all states and Union Territories (UTs) to make sure hearth security measures in all hospitals and nursing houses within the wake of current varied hearth incidents at such establishments.

Noting “non-adherence” of fireplace security measures by varied hospitals and nursing houses prior to now resulting in the prevalence of fireplace incidents, Union House Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla issued the instructions in a letter to the Chief Secretaries off all of the states and UTs.

“I would urge you to ensure compliance of DG Fire Service safety advisory issued on November 28, 2020, and direct to immediately re-inspect or re-check all hospitals and nursing homes from the point of view of fire protection and means of escape to prevent recurrence of such fire incidences in future,” he directed.

“Action taken report may kindly be shared with this Ministry at the earliest.”

Bhalla additionally talked about two current hearth incidences, saying “six precious lives of Covid-19 patients have been lost in a fire incident in ICU ward of a hospital in Rajkot and eight lives were lost in a hospital in Ahmedabad”.

“At such crucial time, when the country is fighting against Covid-19 pandemic, utmost precaution needs to be taken to avoid such incidents in future,” he stated.

The Union House Secretary famous how the Directorate Basic, Hearth Companies, Civil Defence and House Guards in his Ministry, has been issuing mandatory advisories at common intervals to the states and UTs in order that appropriate instructions could also be issued to make sure compliance of fireplace security tips and varied codes and requirements and to make sure that correct hearth security measures are in place in all of the buildings together with hospitals and nursing houses.

(With IANS Inputs)

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