Bhopal: 100 hospitals operating sans fire safety measures

BHOPAL: Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has identified 100 hospitals in the city operating without proper fire safety arrangements. The civic body has served notices on the management of these hospitals directing them to follow proper fire safety measures and on failure of which BMC would seek cancellation of the medical license of the facilities. The irregularities came to fore during the survey conducted by the civic body at 250 plus hospitals in the state capital. Most of the hospitals lacking safety measures are located in old Bhopal.

Some of these medical facilities are operating sans Fire NOC - mandatory for procuring license - while a few lack proper safety equipment. Of these 100 hospitals, there are a few which have failed to fulfill both the two mandatory requirements.

The big hospitals that lack the fire arrangement are Manan Hospital (Airport road), Nawaz Hospital (Kohefiza), Avicenna Hospital (Fatehgarh), Shubham Hospital (Royal Market), Balaji Hospital (Motia Lake road), Kid care hospital (Shahjahanabad), Aashirwad Hospital (Shahjahanabad), Kamla Devi Hospital ( Shahjahanabad), Al Rasheed Charitable Hospital (Noor Mahal road), Nandan Hospital (Sindhi colony), Darbari Hospital (Sindhi colony), RR Hospital (Ashoka Garden), Care Multispecialty Hospital (Ashoka Garden), Karond Multispecialty Hospital (Karodn square), Ayushman Hospital ( 80 feet road), Chehak hospital (Moti Masjid road), Shri Sai hospital and others.

Many hospitals merely have 1-2 fire extinguishers: BMC

Notices have been served on the hospitals and their failure to meet the fire safety norms will result in cancellation of their medical licenses, said BMC additional commissioner Kamlendra Singh Parihar. Most of the hospitals have merely installed one or two fire extinguishers on their premises, however the hospitals must have proper fire safety arrangements to meet any emergency, said the official.

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