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AMRI incident prompts Tripura to inspect nursing homes


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Agartala: The state level Consumers Right Protection Board has recommended the Tripura Government to conduct a detail inspection of disaster management system and complete service delivery mechanism in the nursing homes and health institutions of the state.

The board had held a meeting on Saturday under the chairmanship of Civil Supplies Minister Manik Dey here and decided to constitute an expert committee to inspect the disaster management approaches in the nursing homes and health institutions following the devastating fire accident in AMRI hospital in Kolkata on December 9 which left 91 people dead.

However, the board members would visit all the nursing homes next week to review the service delivery mechanism as well as other related consumer issues in the institutions.

The meeting had also resolved to submit a comprehensive recommendation for the nursing homes.

Tripura has as many as 75 private nursing homes and hospitals in different sub-division of the state but none of them has blood bank, life support system, fire fighting provisions and other mandatory basic services, which prompted the board to oversee the facilities and infrastructure.

Earlier it was reported that Sripad Acharya from Tripura, one of the few lucky patients to have escaped certain death as flames engulfed the AMRI hospital, owes his life to his wife Munna who dragged him down the stairs to safety.

Sripad who lives in Agartala, had been admitted to the hospital after he sustained injuries in a motorbike accident. Lodged in the Annexe-I building where the fire broke out, Sripad occupied a bed on the third floor and was due to undergo CT scan the next morning.

Munna, who was alone in the rest room on the first floor with her other relatives staying in Tripura Bhavan, recounted her brave feat to reporters.

“I was dozing in the rest room on first floor. A pungent smell filled the air. I was awake. An ayah shouted fire, fire. She asked me to rush to my husband. Dark smoke in no time filled the floor. I was coughing. My throat felt parched”, Munna said.

Tuki expresses condolence: Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has deeply condoled the death of numerous people at AMRI hospital inferno on December 9 in Kolkata.

While extending his heartfelt condolence, Mr Tuki termed the incident as ‘very unfortunate’ and expressed solidarity to the aggrieved family members and the Government of West Bengal.

The Chief Minister further appreciated the West Bengal Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for its prompt action in rescuing many victims and initiating action against the hospital authority. (UNI)


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