LG takes tough stand on baby care centre fire incident, orders ACB probe

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In his note to the Chief Secretary, Saxena said that I have taken a very strict stand in this matter. Although it is a transferred matter, in the larger public interest, I have been forced to take action due to lack of seriousness in this matter.

Delhi Lt Governor has ordered ACB probe into registration of nursing homes after fire at a hospital in Vivek Vihar killed newborn babies.Delhi Lt Governor VK Saxena has ordered a comprehensive ACB probe into registration and regulatory management of private nursing homes in the national capital after a fire at a Vivek Vihar hospital claimed the life of six newborn babies, officials at Raj Niwas said on Tuesday.

In his note to the chief secretary, Saxena said, “I have taken a very strict stand in the matter. Though it is a transferred subject, the lack of seriousness in the larger public interest has compelled me to take action in this regard by a section of the officers who have been entrusted with these responsibilities. In the matter related to the tragic fire and nursing home, the ACB has been directed to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the registration of nursing homes in the city to assess how many nursing homes are running without valid registration and whether those who have valid registration are complying with the norms prescribed under the Delhi Nursing Home Registration Act, 1953, and the rules made thereunder,” according to the note.

A day after a fire at a neonatal care centre in Vivek Vihar claimed the lives of six newborn babies, Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj directed all hospitals in Delhi to conduct fire safety audits and submit compliance reports to the state health department by June 8. After a meeting at the Delhi Secretariat with health department officials, Bharadwaj said the move was aimed at ensuring that hospitals are equipped to deal with fire incidents. The meeting was called to discuss fire safety in city hospitals following the fire that broke out late Saturday night, officials said.

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