SUM Hospital Tragedy: Odisha Govt. asks DMs to inspect private hospitals, Med colleges

21 October, Bhubaneswar

The Odisha Government today directed the District Collectors to inspect all the private hospitals and the private medical colleges in their locality to take action under Clinical Establishment Act and Fire safety Act if any dereliction of non-compliance is found during the inspection.

State Health Secretary Arati Ahuja issued the direction to the district collectors in the wake of the recent unfortunate fire incident in SUM Hospital in the capital city on October 17 last which left 24 patients dead and over 100 injured.

The district collectors were asked to take appropriate action under the existing law and guidelines to ensure that such a situation does not occur in future.

The Health Secretary said the amendment of the Clinical Establishment Act has been approved by the Odisha Legislative Assembly and is in the process of notification which will be communicated to all to implement the Act.

As per the new Act, a Task Force comprising District Collector as Chairman and Superintendent of Police and CDMO and Chief Medical Officer of Capital Hospital and Ispat General Hospital as member will inspect all the private clinical establishments and private medical colleges in the district and initiate action if any irregularities were found in the implementation of the Act.

The government has also decided to constitute a joint team of Energy Department and Fire safety Officers which will inspect all government hospitals right from the sub-divisional headquarters level and above and the works department will comply with the deficiencies if any within one month.

The District collector has been asked to monitor the inspection personally and ensure that the work is done expeditiously in the district.

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