SHOPIAN: Several diagnostic machines are defunct at the District Hospital Shopian, some for want of a power connection.
Sources in the hospital said that a digital X-ray machine, a set of therapy machines, and a blood gas analyser were dysfunctional for the want of power connection since they were procured a year ago.
Officials said a hotline exists only on papers while the hospital receives electricity supply as per general schedule of villages.
Insiders added that thyroid tests were being done at private labs after the hospital’s machine developed a snag some months ago.
They said that in brazen violation of laws, the hospital authorities take fee for conducting tests, but get them done from private labs despite.
A doctor at the hospital, however, said that the thyroid analyser was not providing precise results, which forces them to send samples to a private lab.
Patients visiting the hospital said that they were facing huge inconveniences due to the lack of facilities.
“We are supposed to wait for more than a week for getting the reports of thyroid tests as the hospital has no machine of its own to conduct these tests,” said Firdousa Akhter, a patient.
She remarked that even the primary health centres in other districts have better facilities compared to the Shopian district hospital.
A doctor at the hospital told Kashmir Reader that they had to work hard to procure new X-ray machine and the set of machines for physiotherapy, last year, but the machines were lying defunct since.
“All these machines need is a power connection; a new electricity transformer is there, so are the machines but the officials ironically were not able to tell PDD department to provide the power connection,” he said.
A group of patients said that government should shut the hospital altogether as, “we face problems instead of treatment in the hospital”.
An analyst posted in the hospital said the digital X-ray machine helps in conducting precise and time saving tests.
“The outdated machines fail to get a good film in one go, and the patients have to go for another which results in cell damage,” he said.
For the blood gas analyser, sources added, that its cartridge was missing without having conducted a single test.
A doctor said that blood gas analyser was important for the district as it witnesses frequent incidents of violence and the machine helps to analyse the condition of the patients who get heart attack and other mental and heart related shocks.
“We often shift the patients and many of them die on their way to Srinagar as the hospital lacks such facilities,” he said.
Chief Medical Officer Shopian, Dr Abdul Rasheed, told Kashmir Reader that he would look into the issue.
“I wrote to the medical officer to sit an enquiry committee on why these machines are dysfunctional and why some items are missing without use,” Dr Rasheed said adding that the issue of electricity connection would also be solved very soon.
“I told the PDD department to give hospital electricity connection but they said there was some sang which they will solve very soon,” he added.
The CMO alleged that some vested interests do not want smooth work at the hospital and were responsible for the mess in machinery.
“After the report from enquiry committee, needful action against them will be taken,” he said.
District Development Commissioner, Shopian, Owais Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that he would look into the issue. “I am funding an auto analyser from my official fund,” he added.
“I will look into the issues why these machines are dysfunctional and why the electricity supply from new transformer was not given to the hospital,” he said.