ncpcr: NCPCR asks states to carry out fire audit of hospitals with paediatric care facilities | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: In the wake of deaths of infants in a hospital fire in Bhopal and an earlier incident in Bhandara in Maharashtra, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has written to chief secretaries of all states and Union Territories recommending that fire safety audits should be undertaken in all hospitals, medical colleges and nursing homes having medical facilities for children. The Commission has sought a district wise compliance report within 30 days.
“Further it may be ensured that all such medical facilities meant for children should get ‘”No Objection Certificate’ (NOC) from the fire department and get renewal only after they meet the given criteria. Necessary directions may be given to all the districts to strictly follow the fire safety measures as per the existing guidelines and as stipulated in the existing State Fire Service Act, National Building Code of India, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to avoid any mishap in future,” NCPCR chairperson Priyank Kanoongo said in the letter.
In a separate letter taking suo motu cognisance of the reports regarding death of four infants in SNCU of Kamla Nehru Children’s Hospital in Bhopal, the NCPCR chief asked the Madhya Pradesh chief secretary to form an inquiry team comprising senior officers to inquire into the lapses in the hospital.
The Commission has also sought details of incident and sought to know whether fire safety audit had been done. NCPCR has also sought a report on the number of children affected due to this fire incident, details of survivors who have been shifted to other hospitals and the measures being taken to provide them necessary treatment. “The families of the deceased infants may be provided with adequate compensation. A preliminary action taken report and order of constitution of the inquiry team (with names and designations) may be sent to NCPCR by within 3 days,” said the letter.

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