JAMMU, July 18: The Computed Tomography (CT) Scan Machine in Emergency unit of Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu is lying defunct for last about three months causing much hardship to patients particularly those who cannot afford to undergo CT scans at private centres.
Sources said that there is some fault in the machine and it needs replacement of some parts to make it functional. They said that despite repeated complaints from the public, the Hospital Authorities have not taken any action to repair such a costly machine and make it functional.
As per hospital sources, over 25 patients, mostly victims of road accidents, turn up at GMC every day for CT Scan but as the machine is lying defunct, the patients either return home without availing the service or visit private CT Scan centres where they have to cough up exorbitant charges.
Sources said that the patients visiting the hospital are suffering as the Hospital administration has failed to provide funds for maintenance of the CT Scanner. They said in case of body injuries especially in head due to accidents, patients need to get CT scans done but as the machine of Emergency unit is lying defunct, poor people are suffering badly.
When contacted, Medical Superintendent of the Hospital, Dr Dara Singh, said that the CT Scan machine is about 12 years old and due to day and night functioning, the wear and tear of the machinery is obvious. He said some parts of the machine need to be replaced and for that purpose a team of engineers had recently come here and checked the machine.
He said that within few days the faulty parts will be replaced and the machine will be made functional again. “Moreover, we have two more CT Scan machine in the GMC, one Government and other at PPP mode, which are running smoothly,” he added.