Patients suffer as MRI machine breaks down again at GDMC
Need of new one to replace the old
Patients are facing problems due to malfunctioning of the aging Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine at the Government Doon Medical College ( GDMC) Hospital. The hospital is the only place in the Government sector in Dehradun and the surrounding region where the important radio diagnostic facility is available.
The machine had developed snag on Wednesday after which the hospital authorities decided to stop its use.
Speaking of the matter, the medical superintendent GDMC, Dr. K K Tamta said that the engineers were working to fix the problem. “We hope it would soon be made operational,” he added.
Notably, over 30 MRIs are done by the machine daily. The fee of an MRI in the hospital is Rs 3500 while it is free for the below poverty line (BPL) patients. On the other hand, the private centers make the patient shell out Rs 7000 to Rs 10000 for an MRI scan.
Interestingly, the important machine installed at the premier hospital of the State has a habit of breaking down at regular intervals. It has developed snags many a time in the past. The doctors attached to the hospital admit that the machine needs replacement as it has now become too old.
However, there is hardly any possibility of installation of a new machine in the near future, the doctors confided. Mention worthy, the 1.5 Tesla MRI machine had been installed at the hospital in 2009 at the cost of Rs 7 crore.
It is further learned that the hospital administration has requested the State Government to provide a new MRI machine so as to end their dependence on the old one. However, things are hanging fire. “The State Government seems to be sleeping over it and the patients keep suffering. Something must be done immediately as people in their hordes throng the hospital daily from far-flung areas and the MRI machine remaining functional is a must for a hospital of the stature of GDMC,” said an observer. Read more posts…
Friday, 07 December 2018 | PNS | Dehradun—