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Health, PWD secys asked to explain nod to ICU hosp without facilities

RANIPET: The health and disability secretaries would be asked to explain why the intensive care unit at Wallajahpet headquarters hospital was in the dark with non-functioning monitors as the generator failed to switch on during of the power outage, said the head of the Legislative Assembly’s public accounts committee and Sriperumbudur MP Selvaperunthagai. told reporters in Ranipet on Monday.

The five-member committee, which interacted with reporters after touring various facilities, also said Commissioner Aavin and the doctor would also be called in to explain how spoiled milk was delivered to the public here.

The team was basing their visit on the report provided by the CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) for 2018-19, Selvaperunthagai wondered how the NOC had been given for the hospital’s ICU with so many shortcomings. Similarly, the team also found that the permits of 33 of the 134 companies involved in groundwater excavation in the district had expired, but were continuing to draw water. While seven others continued to steal and sell water without any permits, he added.

Referring to the fact that Sholingur Hospital did not have adequate lighting, he said that the use of expired drugs discovered in Kumbakonam GH had led a doctor to state in an affidavit that superiors had told them asked to use these expired drugs.

Members of the team included MPs Sinthanai Selvan (Kattumannarkoil), Velmurugan (Panruti), Y Prakash (Hosur), Jawarihulla (Papanasam) and AM Munirathinam (Sholingur). The Assembly team was accompanied by Minister of Looms R Gandhi and Ranipet collector Baskara Pandian.