Update: 20 February, 2019 17:05 PM
98% hospitals at fire risk: Fire service DG

98% hospitals at fire risk:  Fire service DG

Ninety-eight percent of hospitals were built without mandatory fire-safety clearance and those are now posing a serious threat, said Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence Director General Brigadier General Ali Ahmed Khan. 

He made the statement while addressing a view exchange titled "Upgradation of fire safety system in hospitals" today.

He said: "The recent fire incident at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital was actually a wake-up call. These type of establishments have been in operation for years without any fire safety system."

"None of the patients, their attendants or the hospital staffers have any clear idea about what to do during the emergency period. They don't have any training on how to escape the spot safely and moreover most the hospitals don't have narrow and faulty entrance and exit points," he added.

Mentioning that the Fire Service and Civil Defence authorities are regularly recommending basic fire safety facilities and installations in all type of establishments, he further said: "Hospital buildings should be made with basic fire safety facilities and installations include fire detection and alarm systems, extinguishers, hose reels with water connection, safe refuge assembly space, trained in-house fire fighting team, fire escape route, accessible road and reservoir with adequate water reserve."

"Fire drill should be conducted on a regular basis in all hospitals and public establishments. People must be able to escape from fire and smoke within a few minutes of starting a fire and a trained person can put out the blaze himself within 30 minutes without any help," he added.

সম্পাদক : ইমদাদুল হক মিলন,
নির্বাহী সম্পাদক : মোস্তফা কামাল,
ইস্ট ওয়েস্ট মিডিয়া গ্রুপ লিমিটেডের পক্ষে ময়নাল হোসেন চৌধুরী কর্তৃক প্লট-৩৭১/এ, ব্লক-ডি, বসুন্ধরা, বারিধারা থেকে প্রকাশিত এবং প্লট-সি/৫২, ব্লক-কে, বসুন্ধরা, খিলক্ষেত, বাড্ডা, ঢাকা-১২২৯ থেকে মুদ্রিত।
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