75 hospitals found unsafe in city

75 hospitals found unsafe in city

The GHMC’s Fire Prevention Wing takes up inspection of the hospitals in the city last week

HYDERABAD: None of the 50-bed hospitals in the capital were equipped to tackle any kind of fire accidents, said the GHMC’s Fire Prevention Wing, which took up inspection of 75 hospitals last week as part of its plan to scan all buildings of public usage, including schools and commercial establishments, to check for fire safety measures.

Deficiencies galore

Additional Director of the wing, K. Jayaram Naik, said on Wednesday that there were 100 per cent deficiencies in the 75 hospital buildings visited last week in the areas of L.B. Nagar, Dilshuknagar, Malakpet, Koti, Secunderabad and Uppal.

None of the hospitals had open spaces, the approach and access road was not adequate, they do not have any fire fighting equipment and just one hospital had an external staircase as a means of escape.

Another 155 hospitals are to be checked for fire safety measures in Hayathnagar, Kukatpally, Panjagutta, Gandhinagar, West Maredpally and Mehdipatnam.

This will be followed by 160 other hospitals located in Narayanaguda, Kachiguda, Nampally, KPHB Colony and Himayathnagar.

The inspection report furnishing deficiencies in fire and life safety measures would be handed over to the District Medical and Health Officer (DMHO).

The DMHO, in turn, will be issuing notices to owners of hospitals to take up preventive measures.

All these hospitals are located in buildings of less than five floors. Later, the Wing will inspect all commercial buildings, marriage halls, shopping centres, departmental stores, hotels, lodges, bars & restaurants run in buildings of a height of 10 to 15 metres or three to five floors along with schools located in even two floors.

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