Justice DA Mehta Commission of Inquiry report on Hospital fire tabled in Gujarat Assembly

Hospital fire, Justice DA Mehta, Commission of Inquiry, gujarat, Assembly

State government tabled the inquiry reports of Retd. Justice DA Mehta Commission of Inquiry into the fires in two private Covid hospitals in Ahmedabad and Rajkot that had claimed 13 lives last year, on Tuesday.

The Commission observed several lapses both on the parts of private hospitals as well as the municipal corporations and made several observations to avoid such tragedies in future.

In its report, the Commission made a scathing observation of the government prioritising revenue over everything and said the “state government has to realise that it is required to govern the State, ie. govern the state effectively and not make a show of governing. The welfare of the entire population of the State has to be paramount consideration. They approach cannot be contrary by first of all considering the revenue impact, and then modulate the requirement of welfare of the people of the State.”

The Commission further observed that “this concept of not being in business cannot be stretched to shirk its responsibility of governing the state by ensuring the health and well-being of the public at large. Public health is primarily a state subject, and therefore the State has to be alive and conscious to the fact that all things connected with public health have to be dealt with contentiously and not on the basis of revenue impact.”

“If the government does not have data of the total number of nursing homes, hospitals, etc. functioning in the state of Gujarat, it is inconceivable that the government would be in a position to check as to whether any Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures are in place in such nursing homes, hospitals etc”, the report observed. In the Action Taken Report (ATR), Read. Justice Mehta noted that the state family welfare will make an MIS System to decide the total number of nursing homes and hospitals.

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