Early Times Report
Jammu, Nov 21: The Health & Medical Education department today assigned charge of Principal Government Ayurvedic Medical College cum Hospital (GAMC&H) Akhnoor, to head of Microbiology department of government medical college and hospital (GMC&H) Jammu, who is also holding additional charge of post of Principal GMC&H.
“In supersession of Government Order No.421-JK(HME) of 2020 dated 04.05.2020, Dr. Shashi Sudan, Head, Department of Microbiology, Government Medical College, Jammu, presently looking after the charge of the post of Principal, Government Medical College, Jammu in addition to her own duties, shall also look after the charge of post of Principal, Government Ayurvedic Medical College cum Hospital, Akhnoor, Jammu, till further orders or till the post is filled up on regular basis”, reads Government Order No.866 JK (HME) of 2020, dated 20/11/2020.
“The issues of non-functional ventilators dumped at GMC Jammu had media’s attention two months back, that amid COVID time had put a question mark on the efficiency of the people handling the affairs of the premiere health institution”, sources said, adding that now how a person can single handedly do justice with the same situation, as the several states have started imposing night curfew post WHO’s apprehensions that COVID-19 effects during coming months may be disastrous.
The sources said that in March this year the Intensive Care Unit and Critical Care Unit of the hospital were provided with 16 ventilators to manage COVID infected patients. Similarly, 33 non-functional ventilators supported beds were set up at the high dependency ward of GMC Jammu.
“The GMC&H Jammu had received as many as 156 ventilators in the recent months, in the month of March this year 48 ventilators were received that were adequately distributed and made functional.
Meanwhile another consignment of 109 ventilators were received in the month of May under centrally sponsored scheme for effective COVID management of critically sick patients”, they said, adding that out of these 109 yet non-functional, and 33 ventilators could get identified space at high dependency ward but are still non-functional. Further 76 high end ventilators were gathering dust in stores of medical college as these could not be installed and made functional due to lack of space, beds, staff and nitrogen oxygen plant, they said.
Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education Department, J&K Atal Dulloo could not be contacted for his comment.