The Telegraph
Sunday , September 8 , 2013

Test machine gathers dust

Sambalpur, Sept. 7: Patients visiting district headquarters hospital here have to get ultrasound tests done at private nursing homes, despite it having the required machine.

The hospital, which houses 13 wards and 223 beds, has the machine, but no radiologist to operate it. This has been the situation for the past four years. Around 1,000 patients from across the district visit the hospital every day.

“Patients have to spend a lot of money for the tests at private nursing homes. If a radiologist is appointed at the hospital, we will be able to get the facility at a nominal cost,” said Kishore Dehury, attendant of a patient at the hospital.

Chief district medical officer Minakshee Mohanty admitted that the patients at district headquarters hospital were facing problem because of the absence of a radiologist to operate the machine.

She said: “The ultrasound machine has been lying unused for the past four years because of the lack of a radiologist. We are thinking of an alternative arrangement. We have plans to train a doctor to operate the machine.”

Local residents put the blame on authorities’ apathy for non-appointment of a radiologist. “Though there is an ultrasound machine at the hospital, the patients cannot get its benefits because of the absence of a radiologist to operate it. The machine worth lakhs of rupees is only gathering dust,” said Smruti Ranjan Lenka, a local resident.

A doctor said: “Ultrasound examination is required for the patients with abdominal pain, labour pain, accident cases with internal stomach bleeding and various other health problems. If a radiologist is appointed at the hospital, the patients will benefit.”