Against THE backdrop of the Bhubaneswar hospital tragedy which claimed 22 lives, the Delhi government on Wednesday ordered an audit of fire safety measures in all hospitals and dispensaries in the city.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain Wednesday conducted a meeting of medical officers and senior Delhi government officials to review and discuss measures that hospitals in the city need to comply with “on a war footing”. Jain said that within a month, the Delhi government would finish inspection of all hospitals for fire safety norms.
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At the meeting, it was decided that a committee, which will include Health Secretary, PWD Secretary and Regional Director Health Services, will be constituted to look into the matter. PWD Secretary Ashwani Kumar will be the nodal officer. The committee will suggest guidelines for disposal of contaminated waste, senior government officials said.
“All hospitals have been ordered to conduct an audit of fire safety measures. I have also directed the fire department to check if there is any deficiency in hospitals in Delhi and to send me a list,” Jain said.
During the meeting, officials said, that “dedicated teams” would inspect all hospitals within seven days to ensure that all staircases, corridors, roofs and open spaces are kept free of any encroachment. Medical officers have also been instructed that all open areas in the hospitals be made free from dump encroachment as a preventive measure.