Concerned over the increasing number of theft cases at the Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Civil Hospital, Jalandhar, in the past several months, the health department is planning to come up with a police post on premises of the health facility to keep tabs on anti-social elements.
The 400-bedded hospital has been grappling with lack of proper security as only 16 security guards work round-the-clock in three shifts here.
Frequent theft of taps from the washrooms of trauma ward has become a headache for the hospital authorities.
The battery of a generator set was also recently stolen by unidentified persons last week.
In the second week of this month, unidentified persons also stole 33 boxes of Spasmo Proxyvon capsules, of the 150 boxes seized by the drug authorities from Sehgal Medical Agency on January 29, from a room near the post-mortem section of the hospital.
Following this, the health department came into action and the civil surgeon wrote to the police to lodge a first information report (FIR) in this connection.
On May 23, wallet of a Phillaur-based man, standing in a queue to get medicines from the window of pharmacy inside the hospital building, was stolen by a pickpocket.
In his complaint to the police, the man claimed that there was Rs 13,500 and identity cards.
A day before the incident, wallet of another person containing Rs 10,000 was also stolen from outside the out-patient department (OPD) ward of the hospital while standing in a queue to get registration slip.
Some anti-social elements also stole a tyre from a sub-divisional officer's car parked at the backside of the main building of the hospital.
At times, doctors and nursing staff at the emergency ward also face problem dealing with the cases of medico-legal reports.
A doctor, requesting anonymity, said besides thefts, family members and attendants of patients created ruckus at the hospital alleging ill-treatment.
He said it would be a good move if the authorities set up a police post to prevent incidents of petty crimes.
Medical superintendent Dr Jagjit Singh Cheema said, "Security is a big issue in the hospital. We are facing a shortage of security staff."
"I have talked to the police commissioner who has assured that a police post will be set up. A team comprising an assistant sub-inspector and 10 constables will be deputed there," civil surgeon Dr RL Bassan said.
"I have suggested a place in front of the emergency ward to install the police post," added Bassan.
Police commissioner Ishwar Singh confirmed the development. "We have already assigned an ASI and eight constables presently working inside building of police division-4 for the police post at the civil hospital."
Battery of a generator set stolen by unidentified persons last week
33 boxes of Spasmo Proxyvon capsules stolen from a room near the post-mortem section in the second week of this month
On May 23, wallet of a Phillaur-based man, standing in a queue to get medicines, stolen by a pickpocket
On May 22, wallet of a man containing Rs 10,000 was stolen from outside the OPD ward
Tyre from a sub-divisional officer's car parked at the backside of the main building of hospital stolen