The Health Department has finally taken a note of the non-functioning of the essential medical equipments at Govt Chest Diseases Hospital, Dalgate. The defunct equipments have been finally made functional, giving a much respite to the patients who earlier used to face severe hardships.
Notably, ‘Kashmir Vision’ had carried a news item on August 30 titled ‘Valley’s lone Chest Disease Hospital facing crisis like situation,’ after which Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell took the cognizance of the issue, directing a letter, to Principal Government Medical College and Associated Hospitals to make sure that the issue is addressed at the earnest.
“Reportedly, certain essential medical equipments like USG and PFT are lying defunct in the hospital, causing severe hardships to the patients,” the letter reads, adding “your goodself is requested to look into the matter threadbare and take immediate and appropriate necessary action under rules in light of the newspaper report, under the intimation of this office,” the letter from the grievance cell read.
The letter was written by the cell on the directions of Coordinator, Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell, asking the official to look into the matter of non-functioning of essential machinery like USG and PFT at Chest Disease Hospital, Dalgate.
Pertinently, the USG and PFT machinery was lying defunct in the hospital for last few months, which was giving a tough time to the patients who were even forced to get these tests done from private clinics, with hospital administration turning a blind eye on the issue.
While talking to Kashmir Vision, newly appointed Medical Superintendent Chest Disease Hospital, Dr. Nazir Chowdhary said that the administration made it sure that the machinery is made functional as soon as possible, “patients were facing hardships due to non-functioning of the machinery, steps were taken and the machinery was made functional,” he said.
The development has provided a sigh of relief for the patients, who earlier had to spend huge amounts of money to get the required tests done from private clinics.
“Last time, I was accompanying my mother to the hospital and she was asked to get the USG test done, with the non-functioning of the machinery, we were forced to get the test done from a private clinic,” said Latief Ahmad.
The operators of the machinery also said that the machinery has been made functional and is operating in full swing, “the machine has been made functional and I am performing tests,” said a technician working in the hospital.