In a bid to bolster safety and security in 26 hospitals in Rajasthan, the state government has approved Rs 2.37 crore under a project for installing closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras. The project is likely to be completed by the end of the financial year.

"Hospitals are sensitive areas where hundreds of people come for treatment. At a place, where large number of people gather daily, there is always a need for surveillance. So, the government has decided to install CCTV cameras to keep an eye on activities happening on the premises of the hospital," said Dr Ravi Prakash Sharma, additional director (hospital administration), health department.

Visuals grabbed by CCTV cameras play instrumental role in investigation in cases of violence on the premises of hospital.

The health department has identified 26 such government hospitals across the state which had witnessed clashes between doctors and patient's attendants. But, these hospitals were lacking the facilities of CCTV camera. The health department will spend at least Rs 9 lakh on an average on each identified hospital for installing CCTV cameras.

This is being done to prevent incidents of violence in government hospitals along with strict monitoring of management of the hospital by its staff.

Those government hospitals, which have already under surveillance through CCTV cameras, they have been excluded from the project.

"It has not been decided yet, how many cameras will be needed but each identified district hospital will get at least 15 to 20 such cameras," said Dr Sharma.

The hospitals will identify the sensitive areas, such as emergency unit, out-patient department, intensive care units, laboratories, parking lots and other sensitive areas in the hospital, where clashes between hospital staff and patients' attendants normally happens.

Government doctors have constantly been demanding from the government to step up security of the hospital by deploying more guards, installing CCTV cameras and also by formulating a policy of safety and security of hospitals and its staff.  - TOI 

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