CT machine defunct at SKIMS, attendants aghast

Srinagar: The CT scan machine in Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) is defunct for over a month now putting hundreds of patients to hardships.

Muhammad Ayoub Ganaie a resident of Shahgund Sonawari from Bandipora district said that her mother Zoona Begum was battling for life in the hospital while the CT NGO machine was defunct. “My mother suffered a stroke and she needed CT scan but we were aghast when doctors informed us that the machine used for Brain Hemorrhage patients is defunct,” he said adding that her mother is at the verge of death.

On daily average, around 40 to 80 patients need CT scan, mostly admitted in emergency ward with head injuries which is necessary to provide them medical help. There is total chaos and patients are the worst sufferers of inability of the government to repair the machines early. “This is the biggest hospital in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and looking at its condition, one feels so sad. Most of the people are afraid to admit patient in the hospital,” another attendant Abdul Rashid from Muran Pulwama said.

Sources said that some brain scan cases are pending for months, mostly patients from rural and poor background. These patients are suffering due to non functional machine in the hospital, but this was not the first time when patients have to pay for the fault of the hospital but many time earlier patients have to face problem due to one reason or the others.

When contacted, Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Ajaz Mustafa told CNS said that CT NGO machine is made in Germany whose one component called ‘Injective’ has become defunct. We know that people are facing hardships, but most of these machines are imported from foreign companies,” he said adding that machine will be repaired soon. cns

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