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Trauma centre fire: KGMU campus lacks fire safety measures

King George’s Medical University, Lucknow has received notices from the fire department as none of its departments have clearance.

lucknow Updated: Jul 18, 2017 17:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Trauma Centre,KGMU,King George’s Medical University
Worse still, the fire alarms were not even checked after the incident.(HT Photo)

Multi-storey buildings on the campus of the King George’s Medical University (KGMU), which have a daily footfall of over 25,000 people, lack basic fire safety measures.

The 4,000-bed medical university, which has seen fire incidents in pathology, department, Queen Mary’s Hospital and Gandhi Ward in the past, has only been able to conduct probes – without holding anyone responsible. And no measures were taken as follow-up to these incidents.

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The fire in the lab of the department of physiology in May had resulted in loss of property and it was observed that the fire alarm did not work then. Worse still, the fire alarms were not even checked after the incident. Fire alarms also did not work during the blaze at Trauma Centre.

The initiative for installation of fire systems at KGMU was taken in 2009 and a budget of ₹10.62 crore was sanctioned, following which pipelines were laid for fire-fighting systems. However, after the place for water tank was changed by the KGMU administration, the project is pending till now.

Worse still, the last mock-drill was conducted here a year ago. The KGMU has received notices from the fire department as none of its departments have clearance. On Monday too, a team of officials visited the campus to probe into the fire incident.

“We will soon review the safety requirements on the entire campus. In fact, we shall have a road-map to safety for the KGMU campus,” said Dr Sudhir Singh, spokesperson, KGMU.

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Major buildings on the campus do not have a ramp. At the Centenary Phase one and the new OPD, there is no ramp at the entrance for patients. With a daily footfall of over 25,000 at the KGMU there is a need for safety measures in place.

Despite expansions, the medical university’s development budget has also not increased proportionately. Besides, responsibility of Trauma-2 was given to it without adequate funds hence resources from KGMU were diverted to Trauma-2.

First Published: Jul 18, 2017 17:15 IST