GAYA: The oldest hospital for women in Magadh region popularly known as Lady Elgin Hospital or Prabhawati Hospital, is in disarray.
A surprise inspection made by district magistrate (DM) Abhishek Singh on Tuesday has revealed its sorry state of affairs. The oxygen cylinders in the labour room and operation theatre were lying defunct and thick layers of dust greeted the DM in the duty room of the hospital also.
According to a press release issued by the deputy director, public relations, NK Gupta, “The district magistrate during the inspection found a number of anomalies in the ill- maintained stock register. Not only the oxygen cylinders turned out to be defunct, even the pulse monitor installed in the OT was non-functional. Performing surgery without pulse monitor is very risky. Air conditioners installed in the labour room and the OT too were not functioning. Doctors were also found absent and the drug store was closed. Infuriated by the condition prevailing in the hospital, the DM ordered to withhold the salaries of hospital manager Vimlesh Kumar, officiating superintendent Dr SK Chaudhary and Eliyamma, a para medical staff till further orders.”
A nursing training institute offering two-year course in nursing also runs on the hospital premises which has enrolled 250 trainees. The district magistrate had earlier received complaints of extortion against the principal of the nursing institute and harassment of the examinees. During the visit to the nursing institute too, the distirct magistrate came across several irregularities. He immediately ordered to conduct a thorough search of the office almirahs.
Senior deputy collector SP Pandey searched the almirahs kept in the principal’s chamber and found unaccounted cash of Rs 1.54 lakh, which was later put in a sealed envelope.
A case under Sections 420 and 384 of IPC was registered against the principal of the nursing institute, Ritu Kumari Sinha.Civil lines officer in-charge Hari Ojha confirmed the filing of the case following which the principal is absconding.