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Advocate Commission points the finger at Government Headquarters Hospital

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‘Centralised oxygen supply system could not be restored due to lack of funds’

The Government Headquarters Hospital, which has been enjoying the status of ‘Medical College Hospital’ since December, 2012, has no liquid gas facility for a year since July, 2018, no centralised Oxygen supply and no online UPS facility, the Advocate Commission appointed by the Madurai bench of Madras High Court said.

After inspecting the infrastructure facilities at the hospital on July 11 on the orders of the High Court, the three-member Commission headed by Dr. S. Somasundaram, retired Professor of Medicine and comprising advocates - P. Subburaj and M. P. Senthil said that the hospital could not restore the liquid gas facility and centralised oxygen supply system due to lack of funds.

“Though in the meeting, it was informed to us that they have liquid gas facility, on inspection we found that it was not in use from July 9, 2018. On further enquiry, it was found that they have no sufficient fund to put the usage of liquid gas once again,” the Commission said in its report, a copy of which was made available to The Hindu.

The Commission which had inspected the hospital with Dr. Sakaya Stephen Raj, Deputy Director (health services) Dr. P. K. Jawaharlal, Hospital Superintendent and Dr. Karuppasamy, Resident Medical Officer (RMO), said there was no online UPS facility, which was a basic necessity for the hospital, which used advanced medical equipments.

Though UPS and inverters were installed at Intensive Care Units, Intermediate Care Units and Operation Theatres, they were not maintained properly, the Commission said quoting the doctors. The hospital had only one permanent electrician and hired two others through outsourcing, it said.

The ventilators, dialysis units and other facilities were in working condition but were not supported by online UPS facility, the Commission pointed out. They had power back up for 30 minutes, it said. The hospital had three generators but there was no fund for buying fuel, it said.

In the absence of annual maintenance contract, most of the electrical and electronic instruments were discarded after a brief period of usage, the Commission said. “Sanitation and maintenance of toilets are not up to the mark and the whole hospital is stinking,” the Commission said. The general ward was not maintained well and the ward created by the department of Ayush was also in bad shape, the Commission said.

The Commission was appointed by the High Court on a petition filed by Veronica Mary after three patients, who were on ventilator support died after power failure due to alleged absence of back up support at the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai in May.

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