KUPWARA — Authorities have ordered a probe after at least forty oxygen cylinders went missing mysteriously from Sub-District Hospital Kupwara. Three staffers at the health facility have been suspended by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the district following the incident.
An official privy to the development said that the hospital authorities were alerted after taking into account the total number of oxygen cylinders in the hospital. “The cylinders were to be sent back to Srinagar. However, it came to fore during counting that at least forty cylinders were found missing,” he said.
He said the absence of cylinders was brought to the notice of the CMO who intimated the Deputy Commissioner Kupwara.
“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”, the official added.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Imam-ud-Din said that the matter has been brought to his notice. “Tentatively, it has 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.
“Things will be more clear once the enquiry is completed,” he said, adding that if it turns out that the suspended staffers are proven responsible after the enquiry, due recoveries will be made from them. (GNS)