Security at the state-run JJ Hospital in Byculla seems to have been put on the backburner, along with its metal detectors, which have either been retired, or are non-functional. There are as many as five metal detectors in the main building of JJ hospital. These have not been functional for over a month. Far from serving their purpose, they act as obstructions in the passage used by patients.
At some of the entrances, the metal detectors have been moved to the side. When MiD DAY questioned the authorities, different departments of the hospital started a blame game. The head of security at the hospital Santosh Dhaovle said, “All we do is make proper use of the equipment that is given to us.
But if a problem arises with this equipment, we report it to the purchase department. In this case as well, we have informed them about the problem with these detectors. Now it is up to them to call up people to take care of it.” MiD DAY asked the purchase department what they were doing to get the equipment back in working order.
Tushar Pawar of the purchase department said, “We have approached a company about the problem and it seems they did come and inspect the detectors.” He failed to provide the name of the company, saying, “I can’t remember the name of the company but it seems we haven’t got a proper reply from them. We will be looking into the matter and get them repaired as soon as possible.”
Cama Hospital, under the JJ group of hospitals, came under gunfire during the terror attack on November 26, 2008. JJ hospital in Byculla is the largest medical college in Mumbai.