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In sight, equipment for AIIMS

The company engaged in purchasing equipment for AIIMS-Patna has expedited the process, bringing cheers among doctors of the health hub.

Sources said five doctors of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)-Patna have quit since last year because “they were unhappy with the infrastructure at the premier institution”. The Delhi-based company, HLL, has been given the tenders to buy the equipment.

Lokesh Singh Shekhawat, one of the two assistant professors in the psychiatry department of AIIMS-Patna, left the job around January for Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Chandigarh. Puja Gupta, an assistant professor in the pharmacology department, left for AIIMS-Delhi in May.

For all the doctors, sources said, the primary reason for leaving the job was poor infrastructure. Now, that the HLL has expedited the process of purchasing equipment, the present lot of doctors are happy.

“HLL has sent a list of equipment to AIIMS-Patna, stating that it has started the purchasing process. Doctors are happy to know that the firm is finally going to provide them the necessary machines with which they can start various treatments at the health hub,” said a senior doctor at AIIMS.

Prem Kumar, a doctor with the radiology department, said: “We are soon going to get 4D ultrasound machine, 4T MRI machine apart from 128 slice computed tomography (CT) scan machine, digital X-ray machine and a mobile X-ray unit. None of the government hospitals in the state and those in neighbouring states has 4D ultrasound machine. With 4D ultrasound machine, elastography and contrast ultrasound procedures can be done.”

Elastography is a procedure through which one can quantify whether a particular organ is hard or soft. For example, if a tumour has developed in the liver, then the organ would become hard.

Contrast ultrasound helps in the assessment of cardiac cavities, large vessels and tissue vascularity. Generally hospitals have 1.5T MRI machine but AIIMS-Patna would have 4T MRI machine, which can diagnose more accurately. ¯

A doctor in the cardiothoracic surgery department said his department would soon get a heart lung machine (used in open-heart surgery), intra-aortic balloon pump (machine that helps heart to pump blood throughout the body) apart from bronchoscope, temperature control machine and echocardiogram machine from HLL.

Vijaysheel Gautam, the head of trauma and emergency department, said: “We have been informed that we would be provided CT scan, intensive care equipment, laparoscope and some other machines by HLL.”

Apart from the equipment, there is good news on the construction front as well. The firm undertaking the work, too, has expedited the process.

“We have decided to hand over most of the building wings to the health hub before the December 20 deadline. This would include the OPD, trauma and emergency buildings. We completed two floors of the trauma and emergency building and had asked the health hub to take over the charge of the two floors but they refused saying that the instrument has not arrived at the trauma and emergency building,” said B.N. Pandey, the general manager of BL Kashyap & Sons company.


4D ultrasound

4T MRI machine

128 slice CT scan machine


Heart lung machine

Intra-aortic balloon pump


Temperature control machine

Echocardiogram machine

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