‘AMRI-like tragedy still a worry’

Eminent cardiac surgeon Dr Devi Prasad Shetty says they are extremely cautious after the AMRI fire tragedy.

Kolkata: Eminent cardiac surgeon Dr Devi
Prasad Shetty, whose Narayana Hrudayalaya group is engaged in
the management of many private medical colleges in India, says
they are extremely cautious after the AMRI fire tragedy but
the mishap still gives him "sleepless nights".

"This is the only thing which gives me sleepless nights. I
have no other worries," he said when asked as to how the
hospitals were ensuring fire safety measures in the wake of
the AMRI Hospital incident here which had claimed 94 lives
last year.

"Now we do everything possible according to the law of the
land. We are extremely cautious. But then you must understand
that fire is an accident. All we can do is ensure to be
well-prepared," Shetty, who was awarded the Padma Bhushan
recently, told reporters here.
Since hospitals are heavy users of electricity and have an
enormous number of sensitive electrical equipment, the risk of
fire exists, he said.

Founded by Shetty, the Narayana Hrudayalaya group,
headquartered in Bangalore, has 14 hospitals in 11 cities with
5500 beds.

"Some of them are owned by us. We manage the others while
in some cases we work with the owners," Shetty said, adding
although they have limited resources to build new hospitals,
they can still ensure the management part.

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