Health Deptt refuses to take control of building

Newly constructed Emergency Block of Mendhar Hospital. - Excelsior/ Rahi Kapoor.
Newly constructed Emergency Block of Mendhar Hospital. - Excelsior/ Rahi Kapoor.

Hospital’s new block full of leakage

Excelsior Correspondent
MENDHAR, Oct 18: The State Health authorities have refused to take control of the New Emergency Block of Mendhar Hospital in district Poonch, as the newly constructed building has developed massive leakage even before its commissioning.
Constructed by the R&B department with the cost of Rs 4.6 crore, it took over ten long years to the agency to complete this building of new Emergency Block. The work on this building had started during 2009. After the completion of work, when the R&B authorities Poonch approached the Block Medical officer, Mendhar, Dr Parvez Khan a couple of days ago, he refused to take the charge/ control of the building, alleging that there was severe leakage in the roof of the building and it was unsafe to use for the staff and patients.
Dr Parvez said that he communicated about the matter to the CMO Poonch, Director Health Services Jammu and also Deputy Commissioner, Poonch Rahul Yadav. The DC initiated an inquiry and sent three member team led by ADDC, CMO, Executive Engineer PW(R&B) Poonch on Thursday, which conveyed that building has leakage and needs immediate repair. The action against the concerned officials of the R&B in this regard is yet awaited.
BMO alleged that due to sub-standard work by the contractor and lack of supervision by R&B engineers conserved, this problem has caused in this newly constructed building. During rain, the water seepage takes place quite often and it will be life threat to the staff and patients. Unless the building is repaired, the department would not take its control, he added.
Chief Engineer, R&B Jammu, Nasir Goni when contacted said he has not received any report in this regard from R&B Division Poonch. “It is a serious matter and I would initiate an inquiry into the matter and action against the concerned officials will also be taken if found guilty,” Goni maintained.