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Series of mock drills to gauge city’s response to disasters

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority has chalked out a range of practice drills over the next three months to gauge and improve the city’s hospital response system in the event of a disaster.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has chalked out a range of practice drills over the next three months to gauge and improve the city’s hospital response system in the event of a disaster.

The exercise will include mock drills in the Parliament,the Supreme Court,the Delhi Secretariat,two embassies and some media houses.

The series of drills,dubbed,the Delhi Emergency Management Exercise (DEMEx) will be implemented by the DDMA in coordination with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

The exercise,which began on August 9,will end on December. A workshop was held at the Delhi Secretariat on Thursday that included NDMA Vice-Chairman Shashidhar Reddy,NDMA joint-Secretary Sujata Saunik,Urban Development Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely,Health Minister Dr A K Walia and senior DDMA and NDMA officials.

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Addressing a press conference after the workshop,Saunik said,“DEMEx is aimed at fine tuning the emergency medical response system in Delhi,and a similar exercise is being carried our in Guwahati,Assam as well.” She added that it was mandatory for all private and government hospitals to participate in the exercise.

Delhi Divisional Commissioner Vijay Dev said the independent observers would oversee DEMEx and prepare a report on which recommendations would be made to improve the system.

“Workshops on hospital safety will be held in all Delhi zones starting October 3 and will culminate in a series of mock drills starting October 8,” Dev said.

He added that training sessions would be held after the drills through November and will end in a full-scale city wide drill on December 8.