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4 Fire Incidents In 6 Months: Is A Major Tragedy Waiting To Happen In SCB Medical?


09 April 2019

OMMCOM NEWS


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Cuttack: A hospital has heard more prayers than a temple which makes it a sacred site. A place that is meant to save people's lives has quickly turned scary as people are now afraid and nervous to knock on the doors of Odisha's most trusted SCB Medical College and Hospital due to frequent fire mishaps.

As a fire broke out at the records section of the hospital late last night, this fear grew. Locals on the streets said, "Such news is disheartening. Most of the people who visit the hospital are poor people who come for low-cost treatment. If a major unforeseen fire mishap takes place, these are the innocent people who will be affected."

Though there were no casualties, many important documents were reported gutted in the blaze. However, four incidents in a matter of six months is not something that can be sidelines. Earlier in March this year, a fire had broke out in Pathology Department of the hospital in which two rooms were gutted, though there were no casualty reported.

Similarly in February, a fire had erupted in the main Operation Theater (OT) of surgery department at the hospital, but a firefighting team doused the flames in time, averting any casualty.

In November last year, a fire broke out in the Hepatology department of the hospital but no one was injured in the incident.

Last night's incident is the fourth such fire breakout in last six months at the SCB Medical College and Hospital. Are the concerned authorities waiting for a major tragedy to occur before taking any steps, or have they started to work on it remains the main question.

Speaking about fire safety readiness at Government hospitals, Health and Family Welfare Department Secretary Pramod Meherda said that in March this year, the Chief Engineer (Buildings) was requested to undertake electrical audit of all the Medical Colleges. "He is on the job, along with Principal Electrical Auditor," said Meherda.

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