AIIMS-Bhubaneswar diagnostic services hit, patients suffer- The New Indian Express

AIIMS-Bhubaneswar diagnostic services hit, patients suffer- The New Indian Express

By express news service

BHUBANESWAR: Patients are forced to have some of the vital tests done in private labs at exorbitant prices as diagnostic services at AIIMS-Bhubaneswar have reportedly been affected by shortages of reagents and other essential medical items .

The sources said the gamma camera scans were stopped because the isotope technetium (Tc-99m), commonly used in a number of medical diagnostic imaging scans, is not available. Several major surgeries, including kidney transplants, cannot be performed without a scan.

The Tc-99m isotope is used as a radioactive tracer in a form of medical imaging that assesses how well particular parts of the human body work or function. Scintigraphy which costs Rs 200 at AIIMS is charged Rs 6,000-8,000 at hospitals and private laboratories.

Officials from the Nuclear Medicine department attributed the artificial isotope crisis to the delay in the bidding process. Although the script was given in May, well before supplies ran out, the isotopes have yet to be supplied. “It has not been communicated if the tender for the supply has been completed and its status. We are forced to stop all gamma camera scans,” an official said on condition of anonymity.

Not only Tc-99m, but various necessary reagents for tests such as urea, creatinine, thyroid and other important research are also not available in the main hospital for a long time. Private labs are doing big business as people pay nearly double or more for such tests. BPL families, who are supposed to get free testing at AIIMS, are deprived of services.

The unavailability of hospital essentials has been a boon to resellers/middlemen, who cheat gullible patients under the guise of helping them get tests at a lower price. illness. Since the gamma scan could not be done here, someone took me to a private hospital for the scan. But we can’t do it because it costs 8,000 rupees there,” said Pravin Ghosh, a native of West Bengal.

AIIMS-Bhubaneswar CEO Professor Ashutosh Biswas said the acquisition is a regular process. The patient load has multiplied in the post-Covid scenario. Steps are being taken to resume testing soon, he added.

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