THE Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) has issued an order prohibiting lighting of candles and bursting of crackers in and around the institute on Diwali. Officials say the decision has been taken in view of safety issues and is part of “precaution” against fire. A circular issued recently by the PGI administration has also asked all heads of departments to implement the order strictly in their respective areas.
“To avoid any fire incident during Diwali festival, the lighting of all types of candles, deepaks and exploding of crackers are strictly prohibited in and around the buildings of the institute,” read a circular issued by the institute’s Deputy Director Administration (DDA). The circular read, “In order to ensure safety and security of patients, their attendants, relatives, staff and the property of the institute, all staff members are requested to comply with the above instructions in letter and spirit in their duty places.”
The administration has also listed 10 contact numbers of various areas within the institute, asking its staff to report information “in case of any fire incident” during the celebrations. The order has been copied to all heads of departments at the institute. In the order, all security officers have been asked to ensure compliance and direct all the supervisors/guards to alert in their respective areas. PGI’s chief security officer P C Sharma told Chandigarh Newsline that the decision had been taken to ensure patient safety.
“This order is applicable to the patient-related areas within the institute. There are residential houses as well on campus, and this order is not applicable to them,” he said. PGI, which is north India’s premier medical hub, records thousands of patients from different areas on daily basis. As per the hospital records, PGI saw over 25 lakh patients visiting the institute for treatment last year.