LAHORE The Mobile Eye Hospital of the City District Government, established with the exaggerated cost of Rs 15 million, has become totally dysfunctional lying at the premises of Town Hall for the last couple of weeks, TheNation has learnt. It was further learnt the health department authorities have also transferred staffs of the eye hospital to different departments of the CDG while the condition of vehicle is decaying day by day due to negligence of the officials concerned. Health departments insiders informed this scribe the Mobile Eye Hospital was established a couple of years ago and the elected body and other higher authorities of the CDG approved this hospital with the objective to provide facilities to the poor eye patients at their door-steps. For this noble cause, the body also allocated a huge amount of Rs 15 million. The insiders said for establishing such a mobile hospital the CDG authorities had given free hand to the health department including purchasing of vehicle, medical instruments and medicines especially for the poor patients who could not afford costly treatment at private and government hospitals. Getting advantage of being given free hand, the higher authorities misused funds and some of them allegedly misappropriated huge amount, the sources said, adding they purchased used vehicle, substandard machinery and other medical instruments for the hospital. They said that the honest medical experts, working in the Health Department criticised the authorities concerned regarding purchase of substandard machinery and medical instruments and alleged that the entire Mobile Eye Hospital was established with a maximum cost of three or four million rupees while other amount allegedly was embezzled by the concerned officials and such malpractice remained unchecked by the elected body of CDG and other higher authorities. The insiders said they were already speculating unchecked involvement of some officers in misappropriation of the funds. However, it was also suggested by some quarters to hold inquiry into misuse of funds and reassessment of the purchased machinery, but the authorities concerned ignored the advice, they added. The Mobile Eye Hospital often gets out of order perhaps due to use of second hand spare parts like engine, tyres and batteries used in the vehicle, they added. When contacted, District Officer Health Dr Shabeer Ahmad said the entire machinery of the Mobile Hospital was functional except two generators, which were short circuited a couple of weeks. It will soon start working again because both the generators have been repaired and reinstalled in the van, he added. He said the medical officers of the hospital were busy in anti-measles campaign while the subordinate staffs including drivers, peons and helpers were the work-charge employees of Solid Waste Management Department and were fired from their services.