Delhi government hospitals have been found to be lacking in a basic rule introduced in the fire safety guidelines in 2010 appointment of a fire safety officer.
According to the rules prepared by the Delhi Fire Services,all hospitals which have 500 beds and more should create an exclusive post of a fire safety officer.
The role of these officials will be to concentrate on creating and maintaining fire safety measures,training hospital staff,and be incharge of an evacuation planning in case of a fire or other kind of emergency.
At a meeting convened by Delhi health minister Dr. A K Walia,he directed that the fire safety officers be appointed in all 500 bedded and more hospitals. These include Lok Nayak,GB Pant,Lok Nayak,Deen Dayal Upadhyay,and Dr BR Ambedkar hospitals.
Fire department officials highlighted deficiencies in our hospitals. While many of them have been taken care of,this aspect was found missing in all the hospitals. So,we will create the posts immediately, Dr. Walia told Newsline.
Fire department officials said this was found wanting in many central government hospitals like AIIMS,Safdarjung and RML hospitals also.
If they dont appoint fire safety officials soon,we will have to impose fines. Even private hospitals have been warned, a senior official of the fire department said.
Among other deficiencies,hospitals were told to clear the entrances to all buildings,dispose off unwanted machinery,and check if sprinklers and fire alarms were functional.