July 6 deadline for submission of reports on fire safety in Tamil Nadu hospitals

The move comes after the three-month deadline by Madras High Court to implement fully its order with regard to provision of ramps and fire-fighting equipment in hospitals in the State.

Published: 30th June 2018 05:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th June 2018 05:43 AM   |  A+A-

Fire service personnel dousing a fire | representative picture

Express News Service

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government has asked Joint directors of health services to submit a report before July 6 regarding fire safety and regular preparedness for emergencies in all private and government hospitals.

The move comes after the three-month deadline by Madras High Court to implement fully its order with regard to provision of ramps and fire-fighting equipment in hospitals in the State is coming to an end.
A circular which was issued by the office of the Director, Medical and Rural Health Services which was accessed by Express states that as per the Madras High Court directive and State government’s instructions, the joint directors of health services have to do a self-assessment study of their facility with the assistance of various departments and submit a report highlighting the deficiencies and remedial actions needed for fire safety.

It is learnt that the PWD, Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services, Directorate of Town and Country Planning department, Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, Electricity board and other departments have been asked to help the joint directors in submitting the report.
The report should focus on recommendations, compliance with fire safety guidelines, training to staff and other remedial measures and time required to overcome the gaps.

Interestingly, all hospitals, including government, private sector, corporate, non-governmental  organisation-run hospitals, nursing homes, dispensaries, health care institutions and other similar centres in the districts will undergo inspection, sources said.

The exercise is being undertaken following the Madras High Court order in September last year in a case filed by Jawaharlal Shanmugham, a social activist.

On October 2016, the Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services Department filed an affidavit, according to which not a single government hospital in Chennai has fire safety compliance certificate, which is mandated by law. For any hospital, a standard disaster management protocol is a must which otherwise would risk the lives of inpatients.

Factfile
TN government has issued a circular directing joint directors of health services to do a self-assessment study of their facility with the assistance of various departments and submit a report highlighting the deficiencies and remedial actions needed for fire safety
PWD, planning agencies such as DTCP and CMBT, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, Electricity board and other departments have been asked to help the joint directors
The report should focus on recommendations, compliance with fire safety guidelines, and other remedial measures required to overcome issues

Madras HC order
The exercise is being undertaken following a Madras High Court order in September last year, in a case filed by Jawaharlal Shanmugham, a social activist

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.