District administration Bandipora Saturday constituted a committee to find out why a dialysis machine has not been purchased for the district hospital Bandipora despite availability of the funds.
Greater Kashmir on Friday carried a news report under the headline "Despite funds, district hospital Bandipora has no dialysis machine."
Official sources said: "The committee will be headed by the chief planning officer Bandipora and two other members who will submit its report after a thorough investigation."
As already reported, Rs 20 lakh were sanctioned a month ago under the CDF for installation of a dialysis machine at DH Bandipora.
The PDP leader and MLC Nayeem Akhter had sanctioned Rs 15 lakh for installation of the dialysis machine in the hospital. "He later enhanced the amount to Rs 20 lakh on the CMO Bandipora's recommendation."
Sources had said the delay in the installation of dialysis machine has been caused allegedly by the BMO concerned "as he is not willing to install the machine in the hospital for some political reasons."
Due to the unavailability of dialysis machine at DH Bandipora, the patients are suffering badly.
According to sources, subsequent to the grant of the amount from the CDF, sanction was accorded for the installation of automatic biochemistry analyzer/LED binocular microscope at DH Bandipora at an estimated cost of Rs 12 lakh.
CMO Bandipora Dr Bilquees had said they have done all the formalities for the installation of dialysis machine at DH Bandipora after Nayeem Akhter released the funds from his CDF but the BMO Bandipora is not giving requisition for the machine.
"I have been repeatedly giving him (BMO) reminders to send the requisition but he is not paying any heed. We have many dialysis patients here who have to go to Srinagar or Sopore for dialysis due to unavailability of the dialysis machine here," she had said.
BMO Bandipora, Dr Syed Rehman had said there is no space available in the hospital "where we can install the dialysis machine."
Meanwhile, additional deputy commissioner Bandipora, Zahoor Ahmad confirmed that a committee has been constituted to investigate as to why there has been delay in the installation of dialysis machine at DH Bandipora.