Out of 320 ventilators acquired by Punjab underneath the PM Cares Fund, over 90 per cent are faulty, revealed Dr Raj Bahadur, skilled adviser to state’s Covid-19 response and procurement committee.
“Ventilators got here to the Authorities Medical Schools at Amritsar, Patiala and Faridkot in several batches on completely different dates they usually had been 320 in complete. Over 90 per cent of them are defective attributable to which docs didn’t use your complete lot. We are able to’t take probabilities,” stated Dr Bahadur, who can be Vice Chancellor of the Baba Farid College of Well being Sciences (BFUHS) in Faridkot. Out of the 320 ventilators, Guru Gobind Singh (GGS) Medical School and Hospital, Faridkot had acquired 92.
As of at present, the Faridkot medical school, which caters to 10 Malwa districts, has solely 32 ventilators in working situation.
“Their high quality is so inferior that they can’t be put to make use of. They had been tried by our docs, however they by no means labored correctly,” stated Dr Bahadur.
Requested if the difficulty was raised with the Centre, he added: “We had knowledgeable the fast response groups of the central authorities about this difficulty and had raised the matter with Authorities of India as effectively. Now, engineers have arrived to restore them, let’s see in the event that they can be utilized after being repaired. Already within the hospital, we’re utilizing 32 ventilators that are of our personal medical school.”
Identified that Punjab authorities had informed the Excessive Courtroom that 82 ventilators had been acquired from Centre and 71 had been defective, Dr Bahadur reiterated his determine of 320 ventilators acquired by the state in batches and over 90 per cent being defective.
The difficulty got here to mild after AAP MLA Kular Singh Sandhwan tweeted an image of ventilators mendacity in a retailer room in Faridkot.
He tweeted, “When sufferers are dying every day for need of ventilators or higher care, this junkyard room actually reveals a sorry state of affairs…”
In truth, three accessible ventilators at Faridkot Civil Hospital had been shifted to the medical school as there was no technician to function them.
Sandhwan stated,”In March’s funds session, I had raised the matter about defective ventilators and I used to be informed that they are going to be repaired quickly. This reveals how severe the central authorities is whereas spending funds which the general public gave them for enchancment of well being services and additional how severe the state authorities is to lift the difficulty if an inferior high quality product is offered. Along with this, it must be seen that when they’re repaired, whether or not the medical school has this a lot of employees to function these ventilators? I don’t assume they’ve recruited any extra employees as but.”
In Punjab’s Malwa area, districts like Muktsar, Mansa Barnala, Fazilka, Sangrur haven’t any ICU beds with ventilators (neither in non-public nor in authorities hospitals), whereas districts like Ferozepur, Moga, Fatehgarh Sahib have lower than 5 ICU beds with ventilators. Bathinda has over 100 ICU beds with ventilators, however all in non-public services.
Sandhwan has now demanded an intensive inquiry within the matter. He stated, “Responsible should be punished for inferior purchases and in addition those who didn’t flag the difficulty earlier than. Along with this, employees to function these ventilators must also be recruited quickly.”
Sukhbir writes to PM
In the meantime, SAD president Sukhbir Badal on Wednesday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “order an inquiry into the acquisition of defective ventilators underneath the PM Cares Fund”.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, the SAD president stated: “I’m positive you’d agree with me that supplying faulty and inferior high quality ventilators throughout a time of nationwide well being emergency is a prison offence. The corporate accountable for this needs to be booked and they need to be proceeded in opposition to as per the legislation.”
(With Inputs From ENS, Chandigarh)