Carry out fire safety audit immediately: MoHFW

New Delhi: In the wake of the devastating fire in a Kolkata hospital snuffing out nearly 90 lives, the Union Health Ministry today asked all Central government hospitals to immediately carry out fire safety audits to avoid recurrence of any such incident. Union Home Secretary P K Pradhan talked to the heads of various central hospitals in the country and asked them to carry out the audit to plug any loopholes.

He also shot off a letter to them to immediately strengthen the fire safety measures in their respective hospitals. The Union Health Ministry also offered all possible assistance to the West Bengal government in the wake of the fire tragedy.

Pradhan also talked to West Bengal Chief Secretary and assured him all possible help in the treatment of rescued patients from the 190-bedded hospital. Pradhan later told PTI that the West Bengal government had not sought any help so far, as the state had sufficient health facilities.

"I have also talked to all heads of central hospitals in Delhi, including the AIIMS, Safdarjung, Lady Harding and RML Hospitals, besides the PGI in Chandigarh, asking them to conduct fresh fire safety audits and take remedial measures in case of any shortcomings on this front," he said. Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has also written to Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee extending all possible central help.