KURNOOL: Recent fires at administrative office building and GGH at the district headquarters has brought the lack of fire-safety mechanisms at key government premises into focus.
A brief look at the Collectorate, Government General Hospital, in the city, shows that a few regulations prescribed by the Fire Department are being followed. The condition at the Kurnool Government General Hospital is pathetic. The building draws nearly 2,500 out-patients daily from Rayalaseema, Prakasam and Mahbubnagar districts of Telangana.
The 30 units of the total 36 in the hospital have old electrical wiring system which is being looked after by only two electricians. Just three to four wards constructed recently have fire-fighting equipment. More than 70 per cent of the units have no extinguishers. “Yes, some of the wards have old wiring system. Proposals are being prepared to install fire-safety equipment in the hospital,” GGH superintendent Dr J Veeraswami said.