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Frequent snags in GMC oxygen plant helps private players
No alternate arrangements in place
11/2/2016 11:05:04 PM
Vinod Sharma
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Nov 2: The frequent snags in the newly established Oxygen Plant of Government Medical College and Hospital is reportedly helping the private players as administration has to purchase oxygen from private players to the tune of several Lakhs every month.
Moreover, the involvement of some officials of GMC&H to give benefits to the private players in the purchase of oxygen could be ascertained from the fact that after lapse of nearly one of half year, there is no alternate arrangement for Compressor of the plant.
Sources informed Early Times that the Oxygen Plant was installed and started operation in May 2015 in GMC&H and its cost was above one Crore.
"Compressor is a major part of plant, which helps to supply round the clock oxygen in various wards of the hospital including ICU, CCU and Emergency, where nearly 500-600 cylinders per day is supplied from this plant", sources said.
They further informed that the compressor had been supplying oxygen for the last more than one and half year but nearly one month back, it once again developed a technical snag in the compressor. "The part require to repair the technical snag was sent to Pune for repairs and is yet to reach Jammu", sources said, adding that but in absence of Compressor the private players have been making supply to GMC&H and cost of one cylinder of 71/2 was more than five thousands.
They further said that for supplying nearly 500 cylinders on daily basis, several Lakhs of rupees was to be given to private players, and in this way, huge money was involved in the entire trade. "The defunct Oxygen plant in GMC is in favour of doctors and private players as they give huge commission to the officials involved and they always seek the oxygen plant to remain out of order", sources alleged, adding that after installation of new oxygen plant, second time it has become defunct in one and half year.
After change of guard in state, the Health minister had made tall claims to streamline the derailed system of the premier institution but technical snags in life saving machineries, have been sufficient to expose their tall claims, sources said.
An official of GMC pleading anonymity said that it was very unfortunate that there was no alternate arrangement of Compressor, which has been supplying oxygen round the clock to various wards.
"Out of order system is providing huge profit to the private players. GMC purchase five to six hundred cylinders per day because the consumption limit of various department 15 to 20 cylinder per hour", he said, adding that if there would be an alternate arrangement the problem could be averted as the Compressor would take rest for few time.
"It is in the interest of private players that it should remain defunct so that private players will get huge benefit", he said.
Executive Engineer of Mechanical Wing, refused to give any reply even after repeated attempts as he was busy in some meeting.
The Junior Engineer Pawan Saini said that the part of the Compressor was sent to Pune for repairs and has reportedly on way to Jammu. "It will take few days to reach Jammu after which the Oxygen plant will be operationalize soon", he said.
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