Hospital Fire Safety Audits and Staff Training

The entire country has been shaken up by a tragic fire at Baby Care New Born Hospital in Vivek Vihar, Delhi, which resulted in the deaths of six newborns.

The Delhi health minister has directed all private and state-run hospitals to complete a fire audit by June 8 and submit a compliance report to the health department.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), said in its findings that:

  • Emergency exits were absent in the building
  • Fire extinguishers were non-functional
  • There was a lack of operational fire alarms
  • No water sprinkler systems in the hospital

The report, which was shared with the Lieutenant-Governor and the Police Commissioner, highlighted the lack of preparedness and safety compliance at the nursing home. The commission also noted that residents of the area, not the hospital staff, had reported the fire, indicating “a severe lack of emergency training” of the medical facility’s employees.

Key measures announced include

  • New Fire Safety Rules: All hospitals, regardless of their height or number of floors, must have comprehensive fire safety arrangements.
  • Inspections: Chief district medical officers will conduct random inspections of all private hospitals and nursing homes.
  • Bravery Awards: Two nurses and five citizens will be recommended for bravery awards for their heroic efforts in rescuing babies.
  • Compensation: Expedited compensation for the grieving families.

This incident underscores the urgent need for stringent fire safety protocols and adherence to regulatory requirements.

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