Major diagnostic machines lying idle at CHK

KARACHI:Major diagnostic machines at Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) have been lying out of order since two years as the hospital administration was unable to get them repaired , sources at CHK told PPI on Wednesday.

The important diagnostic machines of Radiology Department like CT scan and MRI are not operational since two years. The incumbent hospital administration was reluctant to get them repaired, causing trouble to the visiting patients. Similarly, modern gamma camera device and angiography machine are also not functioning at Cardiology Department, CHK, since one and half years.

CHK is a Sindh’s largest teaching hospital where hundreds of patients are brought every day from different areas of Karachi and rest parts of Sindh, some of them needed diagnostic services such as angiography, CT scan, MRI and gamma camera.

The poor patients are being referred to other public and private hospitals due to the non-availability of diagnostic facilities. The private labs charge heavy fees for conducting diagnostics tests which are out of reach of the poor patients.

The Sindh government has allocated Rs 24 million for maintenance and repair of out of order equipment each year, but repairing charges of diagnostics machines have gone high. Therefore, the CHK management was unable to get these diagnostic machines repaired. Acting Medical Superintendent, CHK, Dr Noor Muhammad Soomro, was not available for comments.