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To prevent vandalism, more CCTV cameras at West Bengal hospitals

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The state government will install CCTVs in all government hospitals soon. To start with, the health department is identifying hospitals that frequently witness mob violence. Already CCTVs are there in the emergency wards in medical colleges, but now, there will be more. In the first phase, 1,440 CCTVs will be installed in 29 hospitals.

During a meeting with health officials last month, chief minister Mamata Banerjee had promised to provide safety to the doctors and nurses by taking stern action against those involved in hospital vandalism.

B C Roy Institute, known to be regularly affected by mob violence, will have 112 CCTVs. Medical College Hospital is going to have 64 CCTVs and Mayo hospital, which functions as the second campus of the Medical College, will get 16. SSKM Hospital will get 64 CCTVs and NRS Medical College and Hospital will get 48. School of Tropical Medicine (STM) will get 64 and Chittaranjan Sevasadan will have 24 CCTVs.

However, maximum number of CCTVs — 248 — will be installed at Murshidabad Medical College Hospital, where a major fire took place in August 2016. It also witnesses regular mob violence and there have been complaints of baby lifting too. Midnapore Medical College will get 212 CCTVs. North Bengal Medical College will have 144 CCTVs, while Sagore Dutta Medical College will have 64 cameras and Bankura Sammilani medical college hospital will have 56 CCTVs.

“Even thefts or baby lifting along with other crimes can be spotted easily with CCTVs,” said an official.

Source: Times of India

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