To help prevent petty thefts at the emergency ward of the city civil hospital, an NGO — Ehsas Charitable organization — has donated CCTV cameras to the hospital. Four such cameras were installed inside the emergency, at the reception and in the trauma ward on Thursday.
“We keep hearing of petty thefts in the emergency area and a few days back, copper wires of an AC were stolen. The CCTV cameras will now keep a check on who is doing all these activities,” said the Senior Medical Officer (SMO) at the hospital Dr Parwinder Singh Sidhu. Sangeet Bhandari, the NGO president and also the BJP district secretary, said, “We have spent around Rs 22,000 on these cameras have a one-year warranty period and if needed, we can also get maintenance done later on”.
The SMO has now sought more CCTV cameras. Gaurav Sharma, cashier of the state BJP, was the chief guest on the occasion. Information revealed that many taps had been stolen from the bathrooms and that at times, patients allege that they are not attended to properly.
SMO Sidhu hopes that the CCTV recording will now bring out the truth. Sources revealed that in many medico-legal cases, doctors are pressurized and hence the surveillance will help curb this. The doctors, however, have been told by the NGO to keep a strict vigil on the CCTV cameras as thieves could get hold of them. SMO Sidhu said watchmen remain on shift duty and moreover emergency is always full of patients and hence stealing a camera is not that easy.