Published On : Sat, Sep 15th, 2018

Flawed angiography machine puts SSH patients in the dock

Nagpur: It’s been over one year that the angiography machine at the Super Speciality Hospital (SSH) at Government Medical Hospital has been functioning irregularly and has even went idle several times during operations.

A source informed Nagpur Today that the machine’s ‘operation’ is pending since past 3 weeks. Despite knowing the angiography machine developing snags frequently at the cardiology operation theatre (OT), the administration chose to sit idle.

A patient currently staying at SSH for 3 weeks now, with a problem of hole in her heart, highlighted her ordeal.

She said, “Every system is pathetic here. Doctors do not visit the ward regularly which is why they are unable to understand our problem. First the doctor told me that my operation will be performed on Friday, last week. But since then, not even the doctor or attendant has visited even once for the operation. Staff said that angiography machine is not working due to which no operation has been performed at SSH.”

Another patient whose operation has been kept on hold for over a month said, “A doctor told me that the Oxygenator is not functioning and so they are unable to operate me. We are facing so much trouble because neither the nurses nor the doctors are explaining the matter to us. They always ignore us whenever we ask them about the machine or about the operation.”

Meanwhile denying all the allegations, Head of Department (HOD) Dr M A Deshpande told Nagpur Today that in this entire year only for once the angiography machine took a pause. “On May 28, the machine was once shut down because of some technical glitch. One can understand that it is a machine and can stop working anytime. No such problems have occurred and all the angiographies are going on smoothly,” he added.