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50% of COVID-19 hospitals in city lack fire NOC: Sources

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The fire incident at Shrey Hospital that left eight COVID-19 patients dead forced the AMC and fire department to look into the fire safety system and fire NOC at other COVID-19 facilities in the city. 

The fire department had also issued a notice to all COVID-19 hospitals in the city asking them to get a fire safety system in place within a week.

 

It had also asked that such systems and fire NOC of all hospitals in the city be checked. The AMC had entered into an agreement with several private hospitals for COVID-19 treatment.

Also Read: Shrey Hospital Fire: Only 26 of 67 hospitals in Ahmedabad have fire NOC!

Shrey Hospital was one of them. Later it emerged that the fire NOC of the hospital had expired.

What emerged from the probe

It also became clear that the AMC had not looked at the fire safety angle when entering into MOU with the hospital. An initial probe by the fire department revealed that of the 68 hospitals that were checked for the presence of a fire safety system and NOC, only 26 had the latter.

As a result, another probe was ordered to check the fire safety status of all COVID-19 hospitals. As of now, the city has around 70 dedicated COVID-19 hospitals. Sources in the know, however, said that 50% of the 70 COVID-19 hospitals in the city lack either a fire safety system or a fire NOC.

Sources said all the 35 COVID-19 hospitals have been asked to get the system in place within a week. Bhavin Solanki, medical officer, AMC did not respond to calls from Gujarat Exclusive as he was in a meeting. Chief Fire Officer MF Dastoor also did not respond to calls and messages from Gujarat Exclusive.

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