AMRI inferno:AIIMS,26 hospitals in Delhi unsafe for patients

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Fire In AMRI Hospital
New Delhi, Dec 10: Reacting to the AMRI devastating fire which killed 90 people, Delhi Fire Services Chief A K Sharma said All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) cardiovascular and neurosciences centres blocks are running without fire clearances despite repeated reminders to the authorities. He further claimed that over 27 famous hospitals in Delhi did not have basic safety norms like sprinklers, a smoke management system and compartmentalization of rooms to prevent the spread of fire.

According to report published in The Economis Times (December 10, 2011, New Delhi edition), Delhi Fire Services official revealed that "AIIMS CN centre which have 500-bed ward block at Guru Tegh Bahadur hospital, RML Trauma Centre and 24 other hospital blocks are running without a no objection certificate."

Report also revealed that AIIMS's many fire alarms are in non functional conditions and firefighting equipment are not inspected regularly. Moreover, water pressure on all floors of the hospital is not sufficient to handle both sprinklers and hoses in emergency situation.

In the wake of Kolkata hospital fire tragedy, Delhi Fire Services have been issued a notice to upgrade the fire safety norms to meet the crirteria.

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