Enquiry ordered over auction of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences PIMS Islamabad incinerators
ISLAMABAD: The Senate body on Friday directed Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD) to start an enquiry over the auction of incinerators installed in 1995 at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and fix responsibility.
Senator Kamil Ali Agha, convener of the sub-committee on Cabinet Secretariat and CAD, while presiding over the meeting asked the ministry to conduct an inquiry into how the PIMS management sold four out-of-order incinerators. He asked the CAD additional secretary to prepare a PC-1 for the installation of incinerators at the PIMS as well as approach the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and other donor agencies to install new incinerators.
The committee also expressed anger over the lack of medical waste incinerators at PIMS and asked the Ministry of Cabinet Secretariat and CAD to take special measures and install incinerators at the hospital as soon as possible. Hospital waste is dangerous and can be harmful for humans, the committee members said.
The meeting was attended by Senator Rubina Khalid, CAD additional secretary, executive directors (ED) of PIMS and Polyclinic and other senior officials.
The committee convener expressed serious concern over not pointing out the faulty incinerators in the advertisement published in print media for the sale of electrical and engineering wing scrap of the hospital. “The hospital management is using various tactics to cover up corruption,” he said.
He said absence of incinerators at the PIMS was benefiting ‘hidden mafia’. He termed the delay in installation of incinerators as criminal negligence of the PIMS management. “Instead of protection people, the PIMS management is spreading diseases among masses due to its failure to install incinerators,” he said.
He said the senior officials of PIMS had failed to convince the committee about the auction process of four faulty incinerators and the total collection of hospital waste on daily basis and payments made to the Morgah and the Holy Family Hospital for disposal of hospital waste.
The PIMS executive director told the committee that the hospital management had auctioned the four faulty incinerators and Dr Abdul Rajput was PIMS ED at that time. Another senior official told the committee that the main reason of delay in installation of incinerators was the lack of funds and the hospital management could install the facility in a very short time if funds were provided to them.
The PIMS ED also informed the committee that the hospital management had sent several requests to the department concerned but it had not provided any funds.
Senator Rubina Khalid said the hospital administration did not take this important issue seriously and was playing with the lives of people. She said the discussions of PIMS management revealed that there was no intention for purchasing new incinerators.
The committee also rejected the plan of giving waste disposable tender to a third party, which was presented by the ministry. Being a big hospital of the city, the committee was of the view that PIMS should provide such facility to other hospitals.
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