When government hospitals are yet to get foolproof fire control systems, a city-based private hospital has decided to have its own fire tender.
Medanta — The Medicity Hospital has purchased a fire tender of Euro-4 category to ensure less carbon emission. The vehicle will be delivered in three months.
"We are investing Rs 2 crore in the project. Though we were expecting its delivery early this year but because of some technical reasons it got delayed. Now the company has assured us that the vehicle would be delivered in three months," said the hospital's managing director Dr Naresh Trehan.
The 14-storey building which houses 650 beds is one of the biggest multi-specialty hospitals of Gurgaon.
The move came as the fire department has asked all the hospital authorities to get their own fire safety systems to tackle any emergency situation. "Now they are working towards it to ensure the safety of the patients," said chief fire officer Hanuman Singh Sihag.
Madhur Verma, area general manager of Columbia Asia Hospital, said that his hospital conducts regular mock drills and it is mandatory for all the staff members to get training in how to handle fire safety equipment.
"We have all our safety norms intact and routine mock drill is a part of our training programme. Our first priority is safety of our patients," said Ritender Singh Tomar, administrator, Alchemist Hospital.
Lack of adherence to fire safety norms claimed 93 lives at the AMRI Hospital on December 9 in Kolkata. The facility turned into a gas chamber as smoke choked patients to death.