Hospitals are critical infrastructure that has an extremely important role in the post-disaster scenario. Many past disastrous events have left hospitals non-functional. It is also not enough that the hospital building is strong enough to withstand the effects of a disaster, but all the critical equipment and services in the building have to remain secure and operational to operate at over 300% of its design capacity to serve the dependent community after any disaster like an earthquake, flood, major fire, and terror attacks. There is a need for a higher level of preparedness to manage the incoming patients and provide them with the best facility. It is important that the decision-makers and other staff in health facilities understand the importance of the factors affecting functional continuity and take steps to mitigate these.
Making a health facility safer is as much about having vision and commitment as it is about actual resources. However, ensuring that the hospital is disaster-resilient goes beyond the physical structure and to ensure that all these hospitals are functional and continue to provide emergency health care after a disastrous event, it is critical we ensure the staff members of the hospital are prepared to respond to such events.
GeoHazards Society (GHS – www.geohaz.in) has been working with hospitals across India and neighboring countries such as Bhutan, Nepal, and Myanmar, etc. with this mission to keep hospitals safe as well functional from various natural hazardous events with its international partner GeoHazards International (GHI – www.geohaz.org) GHS has done extensive work towards hospital safety and functionality with national and state governments as well as international organizations such as WHO, UNDP.
Work with NDMA with support from Swiss Reinsurance Company India
In between 2008-2015, we have developed a Non-structural risk reduction manual and implement it in 8 major hospitals, conduct a number of workshops, one at Delhi with NIDM and the other at Agartala with TSDMA.
The key activities included:
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This manual will help reduce sources of earthquake-related damage and losses in hospitals as it considers medical equipment and supplies, contents, architectural elements, and building utility systems. Previous hazardous events depict that damage to any of the aforementioned items has caused deaths, injuries, loss of the building’s functionality, and contributed to the overall economic loss.
The manual contains the following information:
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You can also download the Disaster Safety Checklist for Hospital Administrators by clicking here.
Work with National Referral Hospital supported by WHO Bhutan and Ministry of Health, Bhutan
Work with Ministry of Health, Nepal and WHO Nepal
Work with GNRC, hospital, Guwahati
GHS has been working in hospital safety in highly vulnerable areas of the country with various state governments. We have organized training programs on hospital safety for major hospitals including AIIMS, GTB hospital, etc.
Working with Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (Hospitals):
Working with Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla
Working with WHO SEARO
Working with UNHABITAT and Govt. of Myanmar
Hospital Safety Assessment of Burrows Memorial Christian Hospital, Silchar, Assam
3-day online training program on Building Resilience of Health Facilities with NIDM in Jammu & Kashmir