AMRI, Kolkata Hospital Fire - Another Black Day in India

By First Posted: Dec 10, 2011 Sat 7:37 AM Updated: Dec 10, 2011 Sat 7:38 AM
AMRI, Kolkata Hospital Fire - Another Black Day in India
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AMRI private hospital fire which killed almost 90 people believed to be caused by an explosion in the basement parking area which stored gas cylinders.

Patients and kins complained that hospital staff did little to help and that smoke detectors failed to go off. Not all patients said they were abandoned.

Narrow streets made it practically impossible for fire trucks to bring in the big hydraulic ladders close to the seven storey building.

Even presence of the chief minister Mamta Banerjee made the situation worse as survivors were sent in different route to other hospitals and many of them didn't make it.

When do our policitians learn to stay out of these situations? They always rush to the place to 

1. Claim their innocence 

2. Take the credits 

3. Do a lot of false promises.

Our condolences to the kin of the deceased and prayers for the survivors.

We salute to the hereos who managed to saving many precious lifes. When do our Politicians will learn to show respect to our lives?

Do you believe that we need to get to the root of the problem which is lack of implementation and maintenance of uniform construction code including fire safety standards. Most of these cases can be easily preventable thru fire alarms, fire fighting devices, a dedicated person to direct in case of emergencies.

This is the second major fire in Kolkata. On March 23, 2010 blaze at British-era Stephen Court Park Street 43 lives were lost. Recently major hospital fires were reported in Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad. Unless we follow safety procedures including infrastructre maintenance, Patient and Doctor Ratio, Nursing Staff to  Patient ratio, Bed strength in proportion to the buildup area, efficient outpatient treatment facilities, similar unfortunate incidents will happen again.

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