The mortuary on the campus of Government Medical College, Amritsar, which has been non-functional for the past two years, is crying for attention. On one hand the college authorities are blaming the public works department (PWD) for the poor condition of the mortuary on the hand the PWD officials are accusing the college authorities of the same.
Reportedly the AC chamber in the mortuary is non-functional, making it tough for keeping the bodies in it. However, the hospital authorities have made a provision to preserve the bodies by keeping them immersed in chemicals.
Prem Chand, Talmal Taramedical Association union leader, said, “We have put in requests repeatedly to repair the AC chamber.”
Dr Ravi Kant, head of anatomy department, Government Medical College, said, “We have written to department concerned as the maintenance work lies with PWD and not the college.” Adding to this, Dr BS Bal, principal, Government Medical College, said, “As the mortuary is controlled by the PWD, the AC chamber will be repaired only when funds are sanctioned.”
However, PWD junior engineer Darshan Kumar, who is deputed at the medical college, said, “We are only the service providers. The building is not under our control. We are only responsible for providing and repairing electrical work. It’s not just about the AC chamber. The building is in a mess and needs total restoration.”
It is learnt that the funds to repair the mortuary have already been cleared.