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Some athletes went home with govt health material

They made the best use of medical facilities made available to them at the residential towers during their three-week stay in the Capital.

delhi Updated: Oct 23, 2010 00:29 IST
HT Correspondent

They made the best use of medical facilities made available to them at the residential towers during their three-week stay in the Capital. And when they left, the athletes and officials of one of the prominent participating countries who were staying at the Commonwealth Games Village reportedly took away medicines and medical equipment worth several lakh rupees.

Apart from pain-reliever spray and gel, medicines, rehabilitation kits (that include knee cap, crepe bandage and silica gel), the members of one of the participating countries also took away an Automated External Defibrillator, which is provided as life support during severe heart condition.

The AED itself costs about Rs 1.5 lakh in the market. Officials said the collective cost of thousands of pain-reliever gel, sprays and rehabilitation kits that have gone missing is estimated at more than R50 lakh.

“Though the machine was purchased by us (health department), the OC had taken it for the athletes. We have now written to the OC as well as the health manager of that team informing them about the equipment. But we are not actually stretching the issue much,” Delhi health minister Kiran Walia said, refusing to name the country.

The Delhi government has now written to the organising committee to get the equipment back.

The cost of an AED is estimated to be Rs 1.5 lakh in the market. Senior health department officials said three AEDs were provided at the Games Village. While all the three AEDs were found missing initially, officials said the participating countries later returned two. One AED is still missing. “They left the case here and took away the machine,” an official said.

Officials said it was the responsibility of the managers of the participating teams to see which medical facility the athletes required.

“The team managers were supposed to ensure that unused medicines and equipment are returned at the stall,” the official said.