1101 Hospitals In Gujarat Do Not Have Fire Prevention Arrangements, Affidavit Filed In Supreme Court

News Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi

Published by: Surendra Joshi
Updated Mon, 02 Aug 2021 12:21 AM IST

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The Supreme Court had issued a notice to the Gujarat government taking suo motu cognizance of the death of corona patients after a fire in a hospital in Rajkot. In response to this, this affidavit has been filed. The matter is likely to come up for hearing on Monday.

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The Gujarat government has told the Supreme Court that 1101 hospitals in the state still do not have valid fire safety certificates. These certificates are issued under the Gujarat Fire Safety and Survival Measures Act.

Let us tell you, after the fire in a Kovid hospital in Rajkot city of Gujarat and the death of many patients in it, the Supreme Court had filed a public interest litigation taking suo motu cognizance. After this, a notice was issued from the Gujarat government regarding the fire safety arrangements in the hospitals of the state and a reply was sought. Recently the Gujarat government has filed an affidavit regarding this.

The Supreme Court is likely to hear the matter further on Monday. During this time, proper treatment of Kovid-19 patients in the state and dignified funeral of the dead bodies can be considered.

Mukesh Puri, Additional Secretary, Urban Development Department, Gujarat has told in the affidavit that there are 5705 hospitals in the state at present. Of these, 4604 have a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the fire department, but 1101 do not. This NOC is issued after the applicant hospital makes all the fire prevention arrangements.

This action was taken for not following the rules
Giving details of the steps taken by the Gujarat government, it has been said in the affidavit that show cause notices have been issued to 1500 hospitals not complying with the fire safety rules. Water connections of 30 hospitals have been disconnected. 185 hospitals have been partially sealed. This action has been taken so that these hospitals follow the fire safety rules. These institutions can be reopened only after following the rules.

Corona treatment in 47 hospitals
According to the affidavit, at present only 47 hospitals in Gujarat are treating Kovid-19 patients. All of them have NOC of fire safety.

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The Gujarat government has told the Supreme Court that 1101 hospitals in the state still do not have valid fire safety certificates. These certificates are issued under the Gujarat Fire Safety and Survival Measures Act.

Let us tell you, after the fire in a Kovid hospital in Rajkot city of Gujarat and the death of many patients in it, the Supreme Court had filed a public interest litigation taking suo motu cognizance. After this, a notice was issued from the Gujarat government regarding the fire safety arrangements in the hospitals of the state and a reply was sought. Recently the Gujarat government has filed an affidavit regarding this.

The Supreme Court is likely to hear the matter further on Monday. During this time, proper treatment of Kovid-19 patients in the state and dignified funeral of the dead bodies can be considered.

Mukesh Puri, Additional Secretary, Urban Development Department, Gujarat has told in the affidavit that there are 5705 hospitals in the state at present. Of these, 4604 have a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the fire department, but 1101 do not. This NOC is issued after the applicant hospital makes all the fire prevention arrangements.

This action was taken for not following the rules

Giving details of the steps taken by the Gujarat government, it has been said in the affidavit that show cause notices have been issued to 1500 hospitals not complying with the fire safety rules. Water connections of 30 hospitals have been disconnected. 185 hospitals have been partially sealed. This action has been taken so that these hospitals follow the fire safety rules. These institutions can be reopened only after following the rules.

Corona treatment in 47 hospitals

According to the affidavit, at present only 47 hospitals in Gujarat are treating Kovid-19 patients. All of them have NOC of fire safety.

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