Sunday, October 24, 2021
Home Regional news MHA asks states to conduct fire safety review of hospitals, nursing homes

MHA asks states to conduct fire safety review of hospitals, nursing homes

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has drawn the attention of State and Union Territory Governments towards the occurrence of fire incidents, caused by short-circuiting, in hospitals and nursing homes in the recent past.

In a communication today to Chief Secretaries of States and Administrators of Union Territories, the Union Home Secretary has said that in the context of recent fire incidents and particularly in view of the impending summer season it needs to be highlighted that either because of high temperature, lack of maintenance or high load on the internal wirings within the facilities, short circuiting takes place, leading to fire incidents and consequential loss of life and essential infrastructure.

The communication further states that care should be taken to put in place a plan of action, to ensure that no fire incident occurs in any of the health facilities (particularly COVID-19 dedicated facilities) both in the government and private sector.

The States and UTs have been requested to conduct a detailed review with officials from the Health, Power and Fire Departments, and prepare a detailed plan of action to ensure that fire safety measures are in place in all hospitals and health facilities.

The States & UTs have also been requested to issue directions to the concerned officials at various levels, that heath facilities should be visited by field level officials, to examine internal wirings and availability of functional safety equipment as per fire safety guidelines, within these facilities, and necessary remedial action be taken immediately in case any deficiencies are found.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has also drawn attention to the recently issued advisory of the Director General (Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards), MHA on fire safety in hospitals and nursing homes.

The communication also highlights that a large number of COVID-19 cases are under treatment in COVID-dedicated health facilities across the country. In most of the cases, oxygen supported beds, ICU beds, and ventilators are critical interventions, and therefore, it is important to ensure that there is uninterrupted power supply on regular 24×7 basis, in all the hospitals and medical facilities.

The communication further emphasizes that saving every life is a priority, and it is critical to ensure that required support is provided to all health facilities managing COVID-19 by taking requisite actions in advance to avert any incident, which could hamper effective health care delivery to patients

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

India avoided the VIP culture of entitlement and distributed the vaccine for free to the rural & urban populations alike: PM Narendra Modi

India successfully crossed the bridge of ‘anxiety to assurance’ by administering 1 billion vaccine doses on 21st October to 130 crore Indians who have...

India achieves the landmark one billion COVID-19 vaccinations mark

India crossed a major milestone on Thursday when the number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine doses administered in the country crossed the 100 crore...

Bigg Boss 15: Vidhi Pandya and Donal Bisht evicted after housemates named them; shocking mid-week elimination

Vidhi Pandya and Donal Bisht were eliminated from the house after the housemates named them as the two contestants have performed least during the...

Star Plus brings new show ‘Vidrohi’ in October

Star Plus has always experimented with different genres and unusual storylines. Star Plus is all geared up to launch one of its most expensive and biggest historical...