Official pays surprise visit to hospital vehicles’ repair garage

Staff Correspondent

Davangere: Standing Committee Chairman (Health) of the Davangere Zilla Panchayat S.Venkatesh paid a surprise visit to the hospital vehicles’ repair garage here on Thursday and he has ordered suspension of engineer Bashir Ahamed allegedly for not repairing the vehicles on time and for not sending them back to their respective general hospitals at the taluk level.

It is alleged that Mr. Bashir Ahamed had an understanding with the doctors according to which, he would hold back vehicles for a long time and doctors would evade touring villages to conduct health check-up camps saying that vehicles were not available as they had been sent for repair. Mr. Venkatesh conducted a detailed enquiry after which he ordered for suspension of Mr. Bashir Ahamed.

A farmer, who suffered a snake bite a few days ago at Anaji village in Mayakonda could not be shifted to the general hospital as there was no ambulance and consequently the farmer died at the village itself.

Mr. Venkatesh who had come to know of the incident had visited the garage and found to his surprise that over 12 vehicles which needed minor repairs were parked at the repair bay for several days.

Mr. Venkatesh took a few private mechanics with him and got it verified that all the nine vehicles needed only minor repairs that would take not more than half-an-hour. He also found that the required spare parts were also available.

The ambulance given to the Mayakonda General Hospital was in the garage for two months though only minor repair was required.

Mr. Venkatesh told The Hindu that as the vehicles were in the garage for several months, eight drivers had no work for so many months and they were being paid salaries without having to do any work.

He also said that the purpose of giving ambulances to general hospitals had been defeated as the vehicles were parked in the garage.

He said that he had ordered for immediate repair of all the 12 vehicles and that they should be sent back to the respective hospitals in a day’s time.

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