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Fire safety norms go for a toss in western Odisha

Following is a report from the TNIE:

SAMBALPUR:  None of the private nursing homes in Sambalpur is fire safety compliant and adhere the norms prescribed by the State Government last year.Only two private nursing homes out of 30 have applied for No Objection Certificate (NOC) for fire safety compliance.

In Balangir, none of the nursing homes is fire safety compliant, said Fire Officer Abani Kumar Swain. While all the hospitals have fire extinguishers, they do not work in absence of regular maintenance. Worse, medical staff are not trained to handle these facilities.

Secretary of Sambalpur Private Hospital and Nursing Home Association, Dr Purshottam Agrawal, said if the State Government decides to strictly implement the fire safety norms laid down by it last year, all the 1,770 private hospitals and nursing homes in the State will close down. The norms mandate sufficient space in a hospital/nursing home for movement of fire brigade, underground and overhead water tanks, installation of sprinklers and fitting of water hose to be run by generators.  A majority of the private hospitals and nursing homes were constructed before 2015 and hence cannot adhere to the space norms, he added. Besides, leaving vacant space in crowded places like Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela and Sambalpur is not feasible. He, however, admitted installation of hose pipes for supply of water in case of fire, underground and overhead tanks can be addressed by all.
The situation is equally grim in DHHs and VIMSAR, Burla. At the 1000-bed VIMSAR, fire extinguishers are only present in the ICU, Casualty Ward and five OTs. The hospital, however, is well ventilated.

The Sambalpur DHH, which has 268 beds, has no fire extinguishers or firefighting equipment. Surprisingly, Hospital Manager Sudip Kumar Dutta said they have sufficient extinguishers installed in the hospital, which also has several exit passages. “After SUM Hospital mishap, we have asked local fire officer to visit our hospital and suggest measures,” he added.

Even as the 165-bed Bhawanipatna DHH in Kalahandi district has 16 fire extinguishers, only one staff is trained to handle them. CDMO BK Brahma said more persons will be sent for training this year. ADMO (Medical) of 184-bed Balangir DHH, Daitari Sahu said there are 25 fire extinguishers and 15 security personnel have been trained in using them.


October 25, 2016 at 7:52 am Leave a comment

Bargarh hospital- a symbol of corruption; Municipality – breeding ground of mosquitoes

Dear all,

Bargarh is the home of the present state health minister Prasanna Acharya. He has been in the power since a long time and elected many times.

When he became the health minister people had a lot of hope that he will take care of the rotten health system of the district by paying more attention to the health system. On normal days even bed-sheets are not supplied to the beds; but today – all the beds were neatly covered with white bedsheets. People were talking of this every where in the hospital.

Also there have been confirmatory news from people that the in-charge doctors in maternity ward have been asking for money – the amount varies from 1500 to 5000 on case to case basis. Also the agent working as the middle men asks the attendants not to disclose this matter to any one. Leave apart other corruptions those prevail – from medicine companies bribing the doctors to prescribe their medicines which may not be available in the Jan Aushadhi Kendras.

Besides the ASHA workers do not do their work, instead they try how to trap the patients into the medical trap.

Also instead of writing the chemical composition of the medicines by their generic name they ask specific company medicines to be bought. There is a big price gap between generic medicine price and specific company product – ranges from 2 to 20 times higher for the specific treatment. Many necessary and emergency medicines are not stocked in the hospital for the general free distribution.

Besides few exceptions, the hospitals are very good business centres for the doctors and medical companies. Doctors, medicine companies, and netas hand in had are danging tango.


Bargarh is one of the most dirty town ofOdisha. As the dengue fever spreads across mining industrial zones of Odisha, this town has till now not recieved any case. But -Municipality of Bargarh is so effective that they have made the police station a nice mosquito breeding ground, so also the Dist. Govt. Hospital.

The visual is of the Police Station at the centre of the town and how mosquito are happily breeding. On asking the IIC of the PS, he said that he has nothing to do with that, it is not his duty, and it is the dept. of Collector. The municipality officials never listen to them.

How is that possible ?


Amitabh Patra
M: +91-8763324299

August 15, 2011 at 10:07 am 2 comments



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