Vadodara: In the time of Covid-19 pandemic when ventilator is among the most sought-after equipment, burglars stole two units of the life support system units from a hospital in Harni which is undergoing renovation.
The administration of Metro Hospital came to know of the theft of two ventilators on Monday when they opened the bio-medical room on the ground floor after more than a month. The hospital has been undergoing renovation since January 5 due to which all equipment have been stored in the bio-medical room.
Dr Kamlesh Patel, who works at the hospital, told police that the ventilators were last seen in the bio-medical room on February 8. On Monday when the room was opened the two ventilators worth Rs 7.5 lakh were missing. Police said that the ventilators were purchased in 2008 from Delhi.
“We suspect that an insider may have been involved in the theft, but we are still investigating,” said inspector R S Baria of Harni police station. He added that the hospital CCTV cameras were not operational due to the renovation work. No one except the labourers involved in renovation work and hospital’s administrative and maintenance staff had visited the premises since the renovation work started.