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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Defunct freezers at Abohar hospital morgue raise stink

Defunct freezers at Abohar hospital morgue raise stink

Raj Sadosh

Abohar, June 12

The deep freezers at the Abohar Civil Hospital have been lying defunct for quite some time now due to which the bodies kept there have started raising a stink.

On Monday, the relatives of a deceased refused to preserve the body in the Civil Hospital mortuary as another body already kept there was stinking. As the news about the incident spread, Civil Surgeon Dr Raj Kumar visited the hospital and discussed the situation with the staff.

Notably, the incident came to the fore just a day after Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu presided over the first meeting of the reconstituted District Grievances Committee at Fazilka and categorically told the officials that no complacency in work would be tolerated.

The family of the deceased accompanied by former councillor and Akali Dal district secretary Harcharan Singh “Pappu” came to the hospital on Monday and found another body stinking in the deep freezer that was not functioning properly. Earlier, another deep freezer had been abandoned as it needed major repair. So, the family chose to preserve the body somewhere else.

Meanwhile, Nar Sewa Narayan Sewa, an NGO, chief Raju Charaya said 15 bodies, most of which were found in canals, were brought to the Civil Hospital in the past 10 days but some of them had to be shifted to the NGO’s freezers.

However, unidentified bodies had to be preserved for three days as per the rules for identification.

When contacted, Senior Medical Officer Dr Amita Chaudhary said a major part of the deep freezer stopped functioning and the same was sent to an authorised mechanic for repair.

Meanwhile, Civil Surgeon Dr Raj Kumar, who had recently taken charge at Fazilka, inspected the facilities at the hospitalon Tuesday and told the staff concerned to put the things in order.

He was, however, told that the hospital had debts worth Rs 17 lakh, which hindered the efforts to get the equipment repaired. Following which, Dr Kumar advised the staff to use fee collections from the OPD, private room charges, medico-legal reports, surgeries, X-ray, ECG and bed charges, etc to clear the debts. Funds will be soon sought from the state headquarters, he assured.

The Civil Surgeon told the staff to ensure smooth functioning in the mortuary within 24 hours.

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