New Delhi: Independent investigations by a health ministry team and district administration in the death of infants at Kota’s JK Lon hospital have revealed glaring glitches in hospital management, lack of supervision, absence of procurement system and improper record-keeping on treatment.

The two probes have revealed absolute mismanagement at the hospital, which is attached to Kota Medical College. According to sources, the investigations have revealed that the district administration had no supervision over Kota Medical College. An expert, who was part of health ministry’s team that reviewed the situation at the hospital where 112 infants have died in 37 days, told ET, “There are two divisions in the health sector – medical education and medical and health. The medical and health division supervises all primary health care centres and rural health setup. The district administration and, specifically, chief medical health officer oversee this. But medical colleges report directly to principal secretary (medical education) through their principal and medical superintendent.

This means that they are almost independent entities.”

The probes have blamed this lack of supervision as mainly responsible for the poor management of the hospital. The preliminary re-ports have revealed that out of 533 equipment, 320 were not functional for want of annual maintenance contract (AMC). “We have found that hospitals under medical colleges do not acquire equipment through the online system of Rajasthan Medical Corp Ltd.

They buy in open market and there is no annual maintenance contract.

If a machine malfunctions, they buy a new one. In this specific case, it has been found that they bought Chinese machines, which were more expensive and of poor quality. A more in-depth probe is required,” said another member in the state team.

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