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Fire incidents at hospitals: Govt to get attendants for instant operations

Kolkata: With a 10 times increase in electrical infrastructure in state-run hospitals in the past five years, the state government is going to engage round-the-clock attendants to ensure instant fire operations in the hospitals at any time of emergency and regular maintenance of the same.
Sources said that at present the step has been taken for 17 hospitals in and around the city and it includes Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, NRS Medical College and Hospital, RG Kar Medical College and Hospital, SSKM Hospital, BC Roy PG Institute of Pediatric Science and Salt Lake Sub-Divisional Hospital.
As per the assessment, there is a need of around 31 attendants in the hospitals to operate and maintain the same. They will be working in three shifts in every hospital.
Sources said that the task of developing fire hydrant systems of the hospitals is almost complete. The mock drill to ensure proper use of the firefighting system in NRS Medical College and Hospital, Calcutta Medical College and Hospital and SSKM Hospital has already been undertaken. Mock drills in the remaining hospitals will take place shortly.
With almost completion of the task of developing the infrastructure of the firefighting arrangement, the planning to engage round-the-clock attendants has been done.
According to a state government official, the infrastructure that include the fire detection system, air-conditioning systems, elevators, etc have increased by around 10 times at present compared to the situation in 2011-12. Now, with the increase in infrastructure, it has been assessed that there is a need to increase the work force with volume of work going up to ensure its error-free operation at any point of time in a day.
It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had directed to take all necessary measures to avoid incidents of even minor fire in any healthcare unit.
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