May 30, 2024

H&ME Ministry orders F&ES Ministry to conduct fire safety audit of J&K hospitals


Srinagar, May 29: The Directorate of Health and Medical Education (H&ME) on Wednesday ordered a review of fire safety audit and inspection of health facilities across Jammu and Kashmir through the Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services (F&ES).

In view of the extreme heatwave continuing across Jammu and Kashmir, Administrative Commissioner H&ME Department Syed Abid Rashid Shah on Wednesday issued circular instructions in this regard.

This circular instruction has been issued by the administrative department to avert possible damage to life or body due to fire accidents.

“It is urgent to ensure that all medical facilities under the Ministry of Health and Medical Care strictly adhere to fire safety procedures,” the circular said.

As per government directives, all Heads of Departments (HoDs) have been directed to conduct immediate fire safety audits and have been asked to coordinate with F&ES departments to arrange comprehensive fire safety audits of their respective health institutions without delay to ensure that fire safety guidelines and other SOPs are met.

“These audits should be thorough and cover all aspects of fire safety, including emergency exits, fire alarms, fire extinguishers and emergency evacuation procedures,” it reads.

The HODs have been directed to identify and address the gaps and ensure that any gaps or deficiencies identified during these audits are addressed immediately.

“They must ensure that all fire safety equipment is in good working order and that their personnel are trained in emergency response procedures,” the circular said.

Further, all heads of faculties have been directed to schedule and conduct regular fire drills to ensure that all staff are familiar with evacuation procedures and are able to respond effectively in the event of a fire.

All departmental heads have been directed to submit compliance reports detailing the findings of fire safety audits, steps taken to address deficiencies and confirmation of compliance with fire safety protocols to the administrative department within seven days.

“The Director's swift and personal response to this serious issue is essential to safeguard the lives of patients, staff and visitors within our healthcare institution,” the circular read.


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