JAMMU: Tendered vide tender no 306 dated January 9, 2019, manufactured by Philips Medical Systems Netherland, supplied through M/S Philips India Limited DLF, Cyber City Gurgaon, India vide order number JKMSCL/GMC Jammu/PO(20039980028) dated March 11, 2020, the Government Medical College (GMC) Hospital Jammu is still waiting for 3 Tesla MRI Machine for Department of Radio Diagnosis though a similar kind of tender was floated for Kashmir Division, ordered much later on November 11, 2020, the latest 3 Tesla MRI Machine has already been delivered and installed at Kashmir.Order was placed under State Funded Program long back but unfortunately even Letter of Credit has not been opened till date for Jammu MRI machine.This machine is proposed to be installed at Old Medical Record Section, site is ready but machine is nowhere in sight.
Though both Jammu and Srinagar got their first MRI machines inaugurated by the then Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah in the year 2000, however, twenty-one years later, the hospitals in Srinagar have acquired four more latest machines, while whole Jammu Division of 10 districts is surviving on this lone 1.5 tesla machine at GMC Jammu which has already outlived manifold its usable life of four to five years till date.While Kashmir Division have latest 5 MRI machines one each at Psychiatric Hospital, SMHS Hospital, SKIMS, Jhelum Valley College under SKIMS and Bones & Joint Hospital and 2 more to be installed shortly and even UT of Leh getting one new machine but whole Jammu Division is dependent on lone 21 years old 1.5 Tesla MRI at GMC Jammu despite the fact that not only whole Jammu but winter influx of Kashmir as well as Leh public also avail medical facilities in Jammu Division.This official apathy has resulted in hardships to patients due to being regularly referred to GMC Jammu with no choice except to wait or spend almost 3 times more to get it done privately. Radio Diagnosis department at GMC Jammu is already stretched much beyond their capacity as almost 40 MRIs are done every day. Not only delay but some diagnosis are not getting done in GMC Jammu properly as certain conditions of breast, liver, prostate and many other diseases require the latest 3 Tesla MRI scan.
Sources say there seems to be nexus between working doctors and private MRI operators as despite the infrastructure ready, the Letter of Credit for new MRI machine 3 Tesla for Jammu has not been opened yet.
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