Letter to the Editor
Ensure fire safety in hospitals
It is mournful to note that 82 people died and 110 have injured in a catastrophic fire that broke out in the intensive care unit of a Baghdad hospital tending to severe COVID 19 patients.
Negligence on the part of hospital authorities has been blamed for this tragedy. The initial reports suggest it was caused when an oxygen cylinder exploded in the ward of Ibn al-Khatib hospital.
In India, 14 coronavirus patients died in a fire at a hospital in Maharashtra last week. The innocent patients, who are hospitalized for better treatment, lost their lives in these fire accidents.
The concerned authorities should ensure fire safety in hospitals and initiate strong action against those behind such lapses. Fire safety measures should also be compulsorily audited in all hospitals. This is the need of the hour.
Amit Singh Kushwaha, Satna (MP)