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Home Ministry asks states and UTs to prepare action plan to prevent fires at health care facilities

Home Ministry has asked Governments of States and Union Territories to put in place a plan of action to ensure that no fire incident occurs in any of the health facilities, particularly COVID-19 dedicated facilities, both in the government and private sector.

In a communication today to Chief Secretaries of states and Administrators of Union Territories, the Home Secretary highlighted that short circuiting takes place either because of high temperature, lack of maintenance or high load on the internal wirings. The States and Union Territories have been requested to conduct a detailed review with officials from the Health, Power and Fire Departments.

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They have also been requested to issue directions that health facilities should be visited by field level officials, to examine internal wirings and availability of functional safety equipment. Necessary remedial action must be taken immediately in case any deficiencies are found.

The communication also highlighted that a large number of COVID-19 cases are under treatment in COVID-dedicated health facilities across the country. States and Union Territories have been asked to ensure that there is uninterrupted power supply on regular 24×7 bases in all the hospitals and medical facilities.

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