Sopore: The laparoscopic machine at the Sopore Sub-District Hospital has been lying defunct for the last about eight months, with the patients left with no choice but to go for open surgeries.
The insiders and patients at the hospital said the administration has been taking no steps to mend the machine.
While the patients belonging to financially-superior families go to private facilities for laparoscopic surgeries, the ones lacking in resources have to opt for riskier and time-consuming open surgical procedures.
“In absence of the laparoscopic machine, I was asked to opt for an open surgery. It took me almost three months to recover, and the stitch marks on my body will stay forever. If they had the machine working, I could have been discharged in two or three days,” Fayaz Ahmad, a resident of Seelu who came to the hospital just to avail himself of the laparoscopic facility, told Kashmir Reader.
As against open surgeries, laparoscopic procedure involves making smaller incisions in a patient’s body wall for fixing or removing an organ.
Laparoscopy is argued to have better outcomes than open surgery, at least, for cholecystectomy, splenectomy, and esophageal problems.
Dr Istiyaq Wani, who is posted at the Sub-District Hospital, said the laparoscopic machine had been of great help to the patients for the last two years till it developed some problems.
A staffer at the hospital, however, said their repeated requests to the administration for its repairing went unheard.
“They have not shown any interest,” he said. “In the recent years, the hospital didn’t see any development.”
The block medical officer Sopore, Dr Mohammad Sami, hoped that the machine would be repaired soon.
“I have written to high authorities about this issue and I am hopeful that we will get it repaired very soon,” he told Kashmir Reader. “The machine needs to be repaired by some engineer from outside the Valley, as nobody here has any knowledge of it.”