In view of recent fire accident in a private hospital at Kolkata, department of health and family welfare has taken the decision making fire audit compulsory for all private hospitals and diagnostic centers empanelled under CGHS. The following Office Memorandum provides the details regarding the same.
No: S.11011/23/2009-CGHS D.II/Hospital Cell (Part IX)
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare
Maulana Azad Road, Nirman Bhawan
New Delhi 110 108 dated, the 13th December, 2011
Subject: Fire Audit of Private Hospitals / Diagnostic Laboratories / Imaging Centres empanelled under CGHS
With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned is directed to state that in view of the recent fire accident in a private hospital in Kolkata, it is considered necessary to review the fire safety measures undertaken by the Private Hospitals / Diagnostic Laboratories / Imaging Centres empanelled under CGHS.
2. Accordingly Private Hospitals / Diagnostic Laboratories / Imaging Centres empanelled under CGHS are requested that:
i. A copy of N.O.C. issued / renewed by the concerned Fire Department may be submitted to Addl. Director / Joint Director of CGHS concerned.
ii. Fire safety provisions installed at the Institution to deal with Fire Accidents may be reviewed immediately in consultation with Fire Department and gaps seen may be plugged.
iii. Steps / Drills may be put in place to prevent Leakage of Radiation in case of centres dealing with Radio-active isotopes.
iv. Nodal officers / persons may be identified and specific responsibility fixed for each of them to take necessary action in case of Fire Accident.
v. The identified staff may be got trained accordingly in consultation with Fire Department.
vi. Necessary mock drills may also be organized periodically to see that systems
respond in time in case of disaster.
3. You are requested to take necessary time bound action in this regard under intimation to Director, CGHS.
Deputy Secretary to Government of India