40 Oxygen Cylinders Go Missing From Kupwara Hospital

File photo of Kupwara hospital

3 Staffers Suspended, Probe Ordered

Srinagar: The authorities in north Kashmir’s Kupwara on Wednesday suspended three hospital employees and ordered a probe after it surfaced that at least forty oxygen cylinders have gone missing.

According to the reports, the authorities at the Sub-district hospital Kupwara were taken aback after it surfaced during the counting of total cylinders that forty cylinders which were to be back to Srinagar have gone missing.

“The absence of cylinders was brought to the notice of Chief Medical Officer, who accordingly intimated the Deputy Commissioner Kupwara,” an official said.

“After a consensus, the CMO concerned immediately suspended three staffers – Storekeepers – besides ordering a full-fledged probe to fix the responsibility against the erring employees,” he added.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kupwara Imam-ud-Din said that the matter pertaining to the missing of oxygen cylinders from the SDH has been brought to his notice.

“It has tentatively been learnt that forty oxygen cylinders have gone missing from the hospital following which an enquiry has been launched to fix the responsibility”, he said, adding that three employees in charge of stores for oxygen cylinders have been placed under suspension.

“The things will be more clear once the enquiry is completed,” he said, adding “If it happens that the suspended staffers are indicted post enquiry, due recoveries will be made from them.”

He also asked the employees to properly discharge their duties and utilize the government assets properly for the larger benefits of society.  (GNS)

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