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Posted on Nov 28, 11:12AM | UNI
To help contain fire incidents in hospitals, the West Bengal government today decided to station fire engines in government hospitals during night.
Interacting with newspersons at Writers' Buildings, Fire Services Minister Javed Khan said initially fire engines would be placed in the premises of three government hospitals- SSKM, R G Kar Medical College and Hospital and Nilratan Sarkar Medical College and Hospital.
"One fire engine each will be placed in these hospitals from 2000 hours to 0800 hours to help tackle fire incident, if any," the minister observed, adding other government hospitals might come under the plan later.
Referring to the private hospitals, Mr Khan said fire safety measures in such hospitals were being 'monitored.' He made his observations two days after a fire at the SSKM Hospital while stock-taking fire-fighting operations at the state secretariat.
A fire broke out in the faculty room of the paediatric surgery unit at the SSKM Hospital on November 24 creating panic among the patients and their relatives.
About 80 children at the paediatric medicine and surgery wards, next to the faculty room which had caught fire, had a narrow escape.
The state health department had formed a three-member inquiry committee to probe the fire.