Ramgarh Sadar Hospital
A costly medical equipment has curiously gone missing from Ramgarh Sadar Hospital, prompting civil surgeon Vijay Kumar Bhagat to issue showcause notices to former deputy superintendent of the heal hub and a current employee.
The Rs 1.69-lakh multipara monitor, which was installed on April 21, 2012, was nowhere to be found when legislator Chandra Prakash Choudhary’s local representative Rajeev Jaiswal visited the hospital on August 1.
But records confirmed that five machines were purchased at a total cost of Rs 8,45,000 from funds allocated under the National Rural Health Mission and sent to four blocks of the district — Ramgarh, Gola, Mandu and Patratu — besides a referral hospital in Tatijharia.
Multipara monitor is used to monitor blood pressure, pulse, heart beat and conduct ECG of critical patients at operating theatres.
“I knew that a multipara monitor had been procured for the hospital. When I enquired about it, hospital employees failed to come up with an answer. Nobody knew where it was. Then I complained to senior officials, including the civil surgeon,” he added.
After the news spread, zilla parishad chairman Shanti Devi also went to the hospital and asked officials to enquire as to where the machine had gone and who was responsible for its disappearance.
Mounting pressure from all quarters prompted Bhagat to serve showcauses on former deputy superintendent Rajeev Rajan and Ashok Sharma, in-charge of the hospital’s medical store, on Saturday.
Rajan, in his reply, claimed that the multipara monitor had been taken away by district storekeeper Lakshman Mahto to carry out demonstrations in front of hospital employees. However, Mahto said he handed over the machine back to Sharma, Rajan added in his letter.
Sharma is to reply to the notice.
Bhagat, who confirmed to have received a reply from Rajan, said: “Inquiry is going on. No one will be spared.”
According to sources, when the inquiry had started, hospital employees claimed that the machine had developed a snag and was kept shut in an almirah. But a thorough search failed to locate the machine with fingers being raised at employees who were in-charge of it.
In fact, head nurse of the operating theatre also expressed ignorance about the monitor.
“I had never seen any such machine here,” she said.
Ramgarh, which was earlier a subdivision of Hazaribagh, became a district in 2007. Consequently, the subdivisional hospital, situated at Bijulia on Ranchi-Patna Highway, turned into a sadar hospital.