Srinagar: The cancer treatment centre run by the Radiation Oncology Department at Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar has been left in ruins by the government following delays in its upgradation process.
According to sources, the delay in the expansion work at the Radiation Oncology Department has severely affected the treatment facilities for hundreds of cancer patients.
Rain water has started seeping into the first and second floors, which house major facilities for admitted patients. Doctors and attendants are now worried about the patients’ safety.
Visitors can see portions of ceiling and panelling falling off in parts on entering the wards and other rooms on the first floor of the department.
“The inordinate delay in constructing the top storey and the roof has resulted in the rain and snow water seeping into the building, damaging many equipments and furniture in the centre and bringing the treatment facilities to a halt,” an official told Kashmir Reader.
He said the main facilitation rooms and wards in the department had been ruined by the rain and snow water because the Health and Medical Education Department failed to pursue the project with the Jammu and Kashmir Construction Corporation (JKPCC).
The decision to open a tertiary care cancer centre (TCCC) at GMC Srinagar was taken in 2012, and the expansion of the Radiation Oncology Department was to be completed in the first phase. However, the government is yet to release the funds to augment the cancer treatment facilities at the institute that could benefit thousands of patients in Kashmir.
Last year, the Radiation Oncology department of the SMHS Hospital became functional after remaining defunct following the 2014 floods. The department is running a CT-simulator, a facility for brachytherapy and a cobalt unit, as per officials. However, the patients have been forced to visit other hospitals as the infrastructure is not sufficient for running the services.
“The department doesn’t have the requisite beds for the huge patient rush. The delay is taking a toll on the hundreds of patients who need radiation on a regular basis,” said a doctor.
HOD Radiation Oncology Dr Sanaullah Kuchay admitted that the treatment facilities had been affected. However he assured that the expansion work will be completed soon.
“We have asked the JKPCC to complete the construction work within one month,” he said.
He, however, denied that any equipment had been damaged.
“The rain water which has seeped got accumulated on the floor. But we need not to worry. Everything will be alright as soon as the roof gets completed,” he said.