|Health Policy Makers|
Additional ways to Reduce Earthquake Damage and Casualties
With appropriate design and construction techniques, it is feasible to protect facilities so they remain in operation after an event. Protection costs are affordable. And though codes provide minimum standards which may not be sufficient for healthcare facilities, Clients in consultation with their consultants should select - on informed and rational bases - appropriate design criteria for facilities of differing importance. As such, there may be justification for site-specific and project-specific studies for large or critical facilities.
Special factors to be taken into consideration by facility designers and suppliers need to be consciously spelt out by Ministries of Health. The aim is to design healthcare facilities so that they function with little degradation in efficiency in times of major earthquakes.
In addition, Health Policy Makers should: