Equipment shortage forces MAMC to shut OT from December 1

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Dr Pawanindra Lal, Director Professor and Head, Department of Surgery

Because of a serious shortage of equipment in operation theatres, and because the hospital has failed to procure important surgical items, the Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), New Delhi, has announced the closure of its operation theatre in the interest of public from December 1, 2019.

In an office order Dr Pawanindra Lal, Director-Professor and Head, Department of Surgery of the college, has stated, “At the present moment, it is highly unsafe to operate in the current operation theatres as these OTs are lacking in basic essential items. As such, this office is left with no option but to order the closure of operation theatre One (First Floor) i.e. OT A, B, C, D w.e.f December 1, 2019, in Public Interest.”

“There is serious shortage of equipment in OT 1 and the hospital has failed to procure important surgical items used in the operation theatre like laparoscopic sets, operation tables, patient transfer trolleys, post operative ICU beds, operation theatre ceiling lights, C Arm, Multi Parameter Monitors and several other important equipment used for operation of major elective cases,” the order read.

“The department has sent numerous demands to the hospital procurement section and several meetings have been held with the Medical Director apprising the officials about the critical situation,” it said.

“To the best of my knowledge, the shortage have not been processed or have been put on the back burner or shelved,” the order claimed.

The order further stated, “Though some consumable items have been procured, the attention to infra-structure equipment has been lacking completely. Lack of a technician has also led to one major OT to be lying closed.”

Maulana Azad Medical College and Lok Nayak hospital cater to a population of more than 10 million people in Delhi alone and many more from the surrounding states in North India.


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