BMC plans to install smoke detectors and exhaust systems in municipal hospitals

Taking note of recent hospital fire incidents, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed installing smoke detectors and exhaust systems in municipal hospitals.

The BMC will install these systems in 16 peripheral hospitals to avoid tragedies like that of Bhandara hospital where 10 newborns died.

A proposal for the purchase and installation of the systems in BMC hospitals will be tabled before the Standing Committee meeting on Wednesday. According to the proposal, the system will help to immediately detect smoke and the extraction will take place simultaneously.

“While the smoke detector will alert on the smoke, the extractor will function as an exhaust to remove the gas. This will help save the lives of patients and others, because after the fire, the smoke caused suffocation in the premises, ”said a senior BMC official.

The BMC will spend Rs 2.4 crore on the project and it will take six months to complete the installation from the day the work order is issued.

In January, 10 babies died after a fire broke out at a public hospital in Bhandara.