Andhra Pradesh has Learnt Nothing from the Gorakhpur Tragedy
Most of the living things require oxygen to live and the importance of oxygen in the field of medical and healthcare can never be underrated. But have you ever thought that what would happen if hospitals fail to pay bills for oxygen cylinders regularly? Yes, patients will die due to lack of oxygen. BERD College of Gorakhpur recently witnessed the death of 60 infants in 9 days because of the inadequacy of oxygen cylinders. And the similar tragedy may happen in King George Hospital of Vishakhapatnam if they don’t clear the bills of oxygen cylinders.
What’s the Case?
King George Hospital, situated in Vishakhapatnam is certainly the biggest government hospital in the entire Andhra Pradesh. And now it might witness the Gorakhpur like catastrophe as payments for oxygen cylinders have not been paid for 6 months. They seem to have taken no lessons especially from the tragic death of kids at the BERD college, Gorakhpur.
The supply of the daily diet and oxygen cylinders for the patients endures being at the kindness of the allotted contractors. Hospital authorities said that they have sufficient budget now to offer the same and payments due for several services haven’t yet been released on a regular basis.
G. Arjuna, the superintendent of this hospital admitted that payments against daily diet and oxygen cylinders were literally pending. Mr. Arjuna said: “We have to clear bills of oxygen supply of oxygen cylinders to the tune of 68 lakhs that have been outstanding for as long as 6 months.”
Contractors Making Food Arrangements are Unpaid:
The contractors who look after the diet arrangements have not been salaried yet. The hospital superintendent said that the contractors never give them unnecessary troubles. Though there is multiple processes that are followed to pay the bills and he further declared that those bills would be paid very soon. Hospital authority gets permission from the government to go for local purchase if it is needed. Not only this, the Aarogyasri Trust is always beside them when it comes to resolving problems associated with funds.The contractor though has been still providing their services such as oxygen cylinders in spite of non-clearance of payments.
The hospital authorities are just keeping the fingers crossed and also hoping that their payments amounting to over 68lakhs are being cleared. We can only hope that the authorities of King George Hospital don’t face the problems like Gorakhpur did and they will clear all the dues within few days.