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Lack of Fire safety in govt hospitals in Ranchi

It is hard to believe that a hospital where people go to save their lives can put them at risk. But that's the bitter truth of the city where most government hospitals fail to comply with fire safety norms.

The Sadar hospital in the city does not have a single firefighting equipment in the wards. Perhaps it is waiting for a tragedy to strike putting the lives of 500 patients in the hospital at stake before swinging into action.

When TOI asked the district superintendent about the lack of fire fighting equipment, he admitted the lapse and said despite floating tenders several times, nobody came forward, owing to which the installation of the equipment has been stuck for long.

"We have invited the locals to take up the work order. I am not financially empowered. All I can do is send a missive and I have already done that," said A K Jha, the district superintendent of the hospital.

Civil Surgeon D K Singh said, "The process of installation of firefighting system is getting delayed but by the end of this month, it is expected to be completed."

The reputed hospital of the capital, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), was also found to be lacking in fire safety measures as none of the wards in the hospital had firefighting systems.

The extinguishers installed in the corridor of the hospital are being used beyond the expiry date and are not equipped to deal with an exigency. The government hospitals do not appear to take the National Fire Safety Week seriously and are yet to take lessons from the Amri incident in Kolkata.

When team TOI entered the neurological ward, patients were found lying on the floor. An official in the hospital, working here for 10 years, said on conditions of anonymity, there is no such firefighting equipment installed in any of the wards.

"There is already a crisis of beds for patients, from where will the firefighting equipment be installed?"

When contacted, Tulsi Mahto, director of RIMS, declined to comment on the matter.

This apart, no hospital has applied for the no-objection certificate (NOC) of the fire services department.

Sudhir Burma, an official of the fire department, said, "As per the government's guidelines, schools, markets, government establishments and hospitals have to adhere to fire safety measures and they cannot flout the norms."

Kumar added, "We issue the NOC to the hospitals only after they ask for suggestions for firefighting measures and only when we are assured that the measures suggested by us are being properly implemented by the authorities." source-http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ranchi/No-fire-safety-in-most-govt-hospitals-in-Ranchi/articleshow/19625683.cms

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