Vigilance ‘raids’ 41 Nursing Homes in Jammu

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Mar 25, 2017 Jammu : Sleuths of Vigilance Organization on Saturday conducted surprise checks in various parts of Jammu Division, officials said. “A Joint Surprise Check by officers of Vigilance Organization along with experts from Health and Engineering departments (in presence of Executive Magistrates) was conducted at various places after complaints from general public that a number of nursing homes and diagnostic centers are functioning without registration, using expired testing reagents, using the services of un-qualified technicians and in certain cases technicians and staff from Government Hospital/Colleges are working there during office hours and further reported that all this is happening with connivance of few officers/officials of Health Department.
Taking cognizance of the same, Joint Surprise Checks (JSCs) were conducted in various districts viz., Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur, Reasi and Rajouri by sleuths of Vigilance Organization Jammu. During the Joint Surprise Check, 07 nursing homes/ diagnostic centers in Jammu district, 07 nursing homes/ diagnostic centers in Samba district, 06 nursing homes/ diagnostic centers in Kathua district, 06 nursing homes/ diagnostic centers in Udhampur district, 07 nursing homes/ diagnostic centers in Reasi district and 08 nursing homes/ diagnostic centers in Rajouri district totaling 41 private nursing homes/ diagnostic centers were checked by different teams constituted for the purpose.
During checking in these nursing homes/diagnostic centers, it has been found that most of them are un-registered/without renewal of registrations, carrying out tests/surgical activities without proper and valid permissions, using expired reagents/testing equipments, engaging un-qualified technicians, building and other infra-structure not as per J&K Nursing Homes and Clinical Establishment (Registration and Licensing) Act, 1963 & other rules en-vogue, employees of Government Hospitals working in Private nursing home/ diagnostic laboratories during working hours etc.
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During the exercise, many such Nursing Homes/Diagnostic Centers who were functioning without registrations were sealed by representatives of Health department in district Samba namely Vaishnav Sagar X-ray Center, Vijaypur, Samba; Satya Clinical Lab,Vijaypur; Modern Clinical Lab,Samba; Parveen Clinical Lab, Samba; Padha Clinical Lab, Samba; Trikuta Clinical Lab and ECG Unit, Samba; Moreover in Shri Aum Multi Speciality Hospital, Bari Brahmana X ray unit was found un-registered which was functional since March 2016 and the same has also been sealed by representatives of Health department and some medicines were found expired in the Pharmacist store.
In Jammu district, it was found that registration of Maharishi Dayanand Hospital and Medical Research Center, Jammu and Steadfast Healthcare Private Limited situated in Atulya Complex, Bakshi Nagar has expired since 31/03/2016. Moreover in Trikuta Diagnostic Center behind Shakuntala Theatre, Management/X-ray technician namely Sunil Kumar couldnot produce the valid certificate/ diploma required for the job. In Jammu district, expired reagents and kits were found in Nidaan Diagnostic Lab, Gandhi Nagar; Aastha Nursing Home, Ambphalla; Triveni Nursing Home, Gandhi Nagar; Care and Care, Trikuta Nagar.
In Udhampur and Reasi districts, registration of Army Clinical Lab, Katra, Reasi; Apollo X-ray Clinic Lab, Udhampur were found expired, and sealed by representatives of Health department; Deepak Clinic Lab, Udhampur was also found functioning with expired registration and running illegally.
In Rajouri district, Star Nursing Home; 24-hour Child Care Clinic; MF Diagnostics; M/S New Healthcare Lab( Operation Theatre, Clinical lab, X-ray unit); Dr. Nissar Surgical Hospital ( Clinical unit, X-ray Unit, Ultrasound); Al Faiz Surgical Clinic ( X-ray unit), M/S Healthcare Surgical Clinic has been sealed by representatives of Health department. During the surprise check at Al Faiz Surgical Clinic, Rajouri being run by Dr Mohd Salam posted as Orthopaedician in district Hospital Rajouri, one government employee namely Mohd Aslam S/O Fazal Hussain R/O Darhal posted as basic health worker in district hospital, Rajouri was also found working in the said clinic during Office hours.
In Kathua district, It is found that registration of Gupta Hospital and Research Center, Kathua has expired since 08/11/2015; National Global Digital X-ray Unit, Kathua has expired since 31/03/2015 and are functioning illegally. In Kathua district, expired reagents/kits/injections were found in Chauhan Medicity Clinical Lab, Kalibari (being run and owned by non state-subject namely Daljit Singh Chauhan who belongs to Pathankot in Punjab). The lab is also found without display of rate list and in violation of norms for clinical units. In Bharat Diagnostic Laboratory, Kathua medicines/testing kits etc were found expired. The samples of expired reagents/medicines/kits have been lifted by the team through the drug inspectors of Drugs and Food Control Departments for further action.
During the surprise check, statements of patients were also recorded who complained about the illegal practice of various Government Doctors in Private nursing homes/clinical establishments causing grave inconvenience to the patients visiting the Government Hospitals. During the further course of surprise check, relevant record of all the 41 nursing homes/diagnostic centers have been checked /seized by the sleuths of vigilance organization for further scrutiny and detailed action will follow after perusal of statements of patients, ascertaining the facts and involvement of Government employees indulging in illegal activities.