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No MRI at GB Pant hospital: NHRC notice to Centre, Delhi

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Rohit Shishodia
Taking serious note of the non-functional MRI machine in Delhi’s GB Pant hospital for two years, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought detailed reports from the Union Health Secretary and Delhi Chief Secretary over the present status of healthcare services including MRI, CT scan and pathology tests in government-run health facilities.

The NHRC has also sought response from both officials as to what steps are being taken to procure the new machines for the patients, without any further delay.

The NHRC has observed that GB Pant hospital is a referral centre for neurology, neurosurgery, gastroenterology, gastrointestinal surgery and psychiatry for which MRI is a crucial test for diagnosis and timely treatment.

“But not having an MRI machine raises serious issue of violation of Right to Life and Health of the people,” said the NHRC in a statement.

According to a GB Pant doctor, around ninety per cent of the patients in the neurology and neurosurgery OPD require MRI tests to be done. He said  that post operative MRI is needed in 20 per cent of neurosurgery cases to assess the outcome of surgery.

Earlier, the Delhi High Court had  rapped the Delhi and Central governments over non-availability of crucial diagnostics and other health facilities in the hospitals. The court had directed both governments to inform about steps taken to improve the health care services in government hospitals.

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