Delhi health and PWD minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday directed the Delhi Fire Services to inspect all Delhi government-run hospitals for fire-safety measures within seven days.
This decision was taken at an emergency meeting called by the minister on the day HT highlighted that 80% government hospitals in Delhi that treat more than 50,000 people in their out-patient department daily do not have basic fire safety measures.
“I was informed that most government hospitals comply with fire-safety measure, but I have directed the fire department to conduct a fresh inspection of all hospitals,” Jain said.
“I have asked them to especially check staircases and corridors, they should not be blocked with old furniture, waste and other stuff,” the minister said.
At least 20 people were killed and scores injured in a fire that broke out in a private hospital in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha on Monday night.
Union health minister JP Nadda visited the survivors and held a review meeting on fire safety in hospitals.
“A fresh advisory will be issued soon to all states to avoid such incidents in future,” said Nadda.
The Delhi fire department has been asked to make a list of all deficiencies and send a copy to the minister as well as the PWD department.
“The PWD secretary has been made the nodal officer, who will look after all works to ensure fire-safety in all the Delhi-government hospitals,” said Jain.
The Delhi minister has also asked the fire department to visit all the centre-run and the private hospitals as soon as possible. “All hospitals in Delhi must be informed about any deficiencies in fire-safety measure so that they are able to fix them,” he said.
Overcrowding, lack of trained manpower and poor maintenance of fire safety equipment put hospitals at risk.