This Tuesday, AIIMS-Patna would witness the debut of its diagnostic services with the launch of ultrasonography facility.
At present, no diagnostic facility is available at the premier health hub. Ultrasonography machine will be the first such equipment to be installed here.
“Though AIIMS-Patna started its outpatient department in August it is so far devoid of the diagnostic facilities. Even for basic investigations (tests), we have to refer patients to other hospitals. Now that ultrasound facility is going to be available at the hospital, patients in the OPD would not require to visit private hospitals at least not for getting the ultrasound test done. However, many other machines need to be installed here for primary investigation,” said a doctor of AIIMS-Patna.
AIIMS-Patna director G.K. Singh said inauguration of the ultrasound facility is a good start. He said the hospital was in the process of installing other basic equipment. “We have floated tenders for the purchase of various equipment. The last date for submission of the bid is November 25. It would take us around one or two months more to finally install the machines.”
Deepak Kumar, principal secretary, health department, would inaugurate the ultrasound facility at a programme in which BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha is also expected to participate.
Though AIIMS-Patna has pulled up its socks regarding the purchase of machines, it is also facing problems in installation of various equipment, Singh said. He added: “I can’t spend more than Rs 1 crore on the purchase of one machine. The institute’s finance committee has not been constituted yet. It has the power of purchasing an equipment worth Rs 1 crore to Rs 30 crore. The ministry of health and family welfare has the power of purchasing an equipment worth Rs 30 crore to Rs 100 crore and the department of expenditure of the Union finance ministry has the power of purchasing equipment worth around Rs 100 crore or more than that.”
“The digital X-ray machine, one of the basic investigation tools present in all reputable hospitals these days, costs more than Rs 1 crore. So we did not float tender for digital X ray machine but for a simple X-ray machine around one and half months ago. But to our surprise, only one bidder evinced interest. Recently, we have floated tender for the X-ray machine for the second time. Very few companies are making simple X-ray machine as there is more demand of the digital ones,” said Singh.