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Is Jammu waiting for Gorakhpur like tragedy?
Oxygen Plants in SMGS Hospital non-functional
5/17/2018 11:00:33 PM
Nitesh Sangral

Early Times Report

JAMMU, May 17: With tragic death of dozens of infants in Gorakhpur hospital due to dysfunction of oxygen plant still fresh in nation's memory, a part of Oxygen Plant of Shri Maharaja Gulab Singh (SMGS) Hospital is out of order for the last three days, but despite repeated reminders the problem could not be fixed, forcing hospital administration to procure additional oxygen cylinders from the market.
Mechanical Division Government Medical College and associated hospitals has come under scanner as private players are earning huge money due to the breakdown of the oxygen plant and insiders are smelling a rat in the incident.
The existing output of the Oxygen plant is not enough to cater the demand of 750 bedded SMGS hospital and roughly 60 to 70 large Oxygen Cylinders and above 30 portable (small) cylinders are being purchased on daily basis by the hospital despite spending huge money on this Plant.
If official sources are to be believed, an alleged nexus is running between the concerned authorities and few private firms-who failed to set up large plant as per demand and just to extend undue benefit them, the plants in SMGS Hospital, as well as allied hospitals, often go out of order.
"More skeletons could tumble if an independent inquiry was conducted" said an employee of the SMGS hospital, pleading anonymity.
When contacted Medical Superintendent of SMGS Hospital Dr RK Sangra admitted that the plant was dysfunctional and the matter was taken up with the Mechanical Division.
When the matter was taken up with Executive Engineer of Mechanical Wing of GMC, Manish Khurana, he accepted that a compressor had gone out of order and assured that it would be replaced within days.
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