At least nine hospitals treating novel Covid-19 patients in Agra have inadequate fire safety measures, authorities have found.
With the growing number of Covid-19 patients in Agra, the local administration is busy preparing new hospitals to serve as COVID care centers. There are over a dozen hospitals to treat novel coronavirus patients in Agra — incapable to fight a fire if it breaks out.
When Indiatoday.in surveyed these hospitals, it was found that nine of the hospitals, that were selected by the administration as COVID centers, were not equipped with any fire-fighting measures.
Few hospitals including two government hospitals — the Sarojini Naidu Medical College and the District Hospital — had expired hand-help fire extinguishers.
Earlier, UP Additional Chief Secretary Avnish Awasthi had asked for reports about the state of fire-fighting preparedness at all coronavirus hospitals in the state following the two incidents of fire at COVID hospitals in Ahmedabad and Vijaywada.
Chief Fire Officer Ranjan Sharma said that the survey was conducted as per the government orders and it was found that these hospitals were being “highly careless with fire safety norms”.
At Nayati Hospital, the fire safety arrangements at the isolation ward were not found as per norms.
When Indiatoday.in raised this issue before the Additional District Magistrate (Agra City) Dr. Prabhakant Awasthi, he said that the hospitals which have been found lacking in fire safety arrangements are being served notices.
Reacting to this, Hindustani Biradari Vice-Chairman Vishal Sharma expressed deep concern about the safety of Covid-19 patients admitted in these hospitals and demanded that a fire-safety survey be conducted of all hospitals and nursing homes of Agra.
“There are several small nursing homes in Agra, especially in the Trans-Yamuna and Arjun Nagar areas where fire safety norms are being openly flouted by nursing homes opened in residential buildings. Due to this, not just patients but lives of those staying near these nursing homes is also at stake,” he said.
Sharma said that none of these hospitals had the prescribed underground water tank capable of storing 1 lakh liters of water. Nayati Hospital had a tank that could store 40,000 liters of water, but some didn’t have even that much capacity. Nayati was constructed in such a way that the rear side of the building had no access for fire tenders.
“The nearby Prabha Hospital also didn’t have the required fire fighting arrangments. Even at the SN Medical college, fire fighting equipment was not seen in the Eye Department. There was not even a fire alarm. In the COVID wing of the hospital, there is equipment to fight a fire if it breaks out, but no trained staff to operate them,” Sharma said.
He added that if a fire breaks out in any of these COVID hospitals or any such nursing home of Agra where fire safety norms are not being followed, the city’s fire department will not be able to provide relief in time.
An Earthquake of Magnitude 4.9 felt in Nepal, India and China
An earthquake of Magnitude 4.9 hit Nepal, India, and China at around 03.00 pm IST. Tremors were felt in Nepal with light tremors in some cities like Muzaffarpur, Hajipur, and Patna in the Indian state of Bihar.
The epicenter is said to be 10 km from Phulpingkatti in Nepal. More updates are awaited.
London Bridge Down: Death of Queen Elizabeth brings a moment of reckoning for Britain
LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II has died in Scotland aged 96 after battling health problems since last October, the Royal Family announced Thursday. Doctors had placed the queen under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle, her estate in the Scottish Highlands.
Buckingham Palace has just released the following statement: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
Her close family rushed to her bedside as doctors grew “concerned” about her health on Thursday, Buckingham Palace said. Her grandson and his wife, Harry and Meghan Markle – who had a public showdown with the Palace, flew in from Canada.
According to news agency AFP, the Queen pulled out of a planned meeting with her senior political advisors on Wednesday, after being told to rest. The previous day she had audiences at Balmoral – her Scottish Highlands retreat, with outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson and appointed his successor, Liz Truss.
In recent months, the Queen appeared visibly frail and had a series of withdrawals from public engagements. She had taken to walking with a stick and was also seen touring the Chelsea Flower Show in a motorized buggy.
In June, the UK came together for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the British throne. Her husband, Prince Phillip, died last year at the age of 99, two months before his 100th birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II’s tenure as head of state spanned post-war austerity, the transition from empire to Commonwealth, the end of the Cold War and the UK’s entry into – and withdrawal from – the European Union.
Her reign spanned 15 prime ministers starting with Winston Churchill, born in 1874, and including Liz Truss, born 101 years later in 1975, and appointed by the Queen earlier this week. She held weekly audiences with her prime minister throughout her reign.
Bharat Ratna awardee and true gem Lata Mangeshkar Ji is no more
The nightingale of the music industry, Lata Mangeshkar Ji passed away on February 6 at the age of 92 in the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. She was born on September 29, 1929. Very few singers have achieved the admiration that she did in her life.
She sang thousands of songs in more than 20 different languages. Not only in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan, she was also admired and praised in western countries.
PM Modi was among the first ones to share the sad news. “The kind and caring Lata Didi has left us. She leaves a void in our nation that cannot be filled. The coming generations will remember her as a stalwart of Indian culture, whose melodious voice had an unparalleled ability to mesmerise people,” he tweeted.
Apart from Bharat Ratna, she received numerous honors like the Daughter of the Nation award, the Legion of Honour award from the French government, and many more. Lata Mangeshkar truly was a gift that India will never cease cherishing.
We at Giveupnot pay our heartly tributes to her and wish that “unki aatma ko sadgati prapt ho”, OM SHANTI.