ANANTNAG: With health department and JKPCC authorities engaging in a blame game over the central heating system (CHS) at district hospital Anantnag being non-functional, both the indoor and outdoor patients in the hospital continue to shiver due to the non-availability of the proper heating facility.
The JKPCC three years ago handed over one hundred bedded block to the health department. After taking over the building from the construction agency, district health authorities within a week’s time shifted the hospital from the old building to the new one. However, the central heating system installed in the building block worth crores of rupees continues to remain non-functional for all these years. Due to the CHS being non-functional, the patients admitted in IPD wards and those visiting the OPD for consultations shiver with cold. Though the hospital administration have fixed heat convectors on the IPD walls but the patients and doctors say that the appliances don’t serve the purpose. “These heat convectors run only when there is electricity. They are no alternative to central heating system which maintains temperature in wards,” said Bashir Ahmad who was attending his mother in the hospital.
In hospital OPD where there is no heating facility at all, patients could be seen shivering while waiting for their turn helplessly.
The health authorities blamed the construction company (JKPCC) for not carrying out mechanical inspection of the heating system so that the same could have been made operational.
“The JKPCC has only handed over the building not the CHS. It was mandatory for them to test the heating system and then handover the same to hospital authorities. But they have not done it so far. Once they test and run the heating system for some time we will take it over from them and put it in continuous use,” director health Planning told Kashmir Reader.
Medical superintendent of the hospital, Dr Abdul Majid Mirab had also blamed the JKPCC officials for not responding to their request to carry out the mechanical inspection of the CHS. However the JKPCC officials contradict the health department’s version. “We have handed over the building to the health department with all the facilities. The central heating system was tested in presence of health officials at the time of handing over of the building. They are not using the facility because they don’t have funds to operate it. There is no fault on our part,” manager of JKPCC, Gulzar Ahmad who is supervising the construction told Kashmir Reader.