Not a syringe nor scissor, specialised machine worth One Crore stolen

Jammu and Kashmir

JAMMU, Apr 20: Minister for Health and Medical Education, Bali Bhagat, yesterday directed Principal Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu, Dr Zahid Geelani, to attach HoD Gastro, Dr Showket Choudhary, after the endoscopy machine in his department was found stolen in daytime.

According to official sources, after the direction from the concerned Minister, Principal GMCH, Dr Zahid Geelani yesterday issued a order to shift the endoscopy machine from Super Specialty Hospital Jammu to GMCH.

Later that evening a team of GMCH Jammu along with police constables reached Super Specialty Hospital, Jammu and asked the concerned official to open the room where they had kept the machine. In return the officials refused to open the door.

About 20-25 persons including patients and attendants misbehaved with the GMC team and also abused the team officials, sources added.

They said, however, with the help of police they broke the lock of the endoscopy room but were shocked to see that the endoscopy machine was missing from the room.

Later, the matter was reported to the Minister, who directed to attach the HoD Gastro, Dr Showket Choudhary with Principal GMCH.

However, it could not be stated clearly whether the order was issued or not, as despite several efforts, the Principal, GMCH could not be contacted.

When contacted, Dr Showket Choudhary, said that it all happened in his presence and no one from the hospital administration has informed him in verbal or written.

However, he added that the endoscopy machine is in the room and asked GMCH team to avoid telling false stories.