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NHRC notice to Health Min, Delhi govt over a city hospital not having MRI machine since 2016

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The (NHRC) has sent a notice to the and over reports that a city-run hospital does not have a functional machine since February 2016.

The government's is a referral centre for neurology, neurosurgery, gastroenterology, gastrointestinal and psychiatry, for which (magnetic resonance imaging) is a crucial test for diagnosis and timely treatment.

The NHRC, in a statement on Wednesday, said it has taken suo motu cognisance of a media report that the facility does not have a functional machine since February 2016.

The panel has observed that the contents of the report, if true, raise serious issue of violation of right to life and health of the people.

Accordingly, it has issued notice to the and the secretary of he Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, seeking reports on it within four weeks.

The report sought by the would include the present status of the basic facilities including MRI, CT scan, and pathology tests at government-run hospitals as well as steps taken to procure the new machines for the patients, without any further delay.

"Reportedly, a doctor has said that around 90 per cent of the patients in the neurology and in OPD require MRI tests to be done. He further added that post-operative MRI is needed in 20 per cent of cases to assess the outcome of such as resection of tumour," it said.

In these cases, either a CT scan is done or one has to wait for the patient to be stable enough to be sent to for the test.

The in central Delhi may be reportedly one of Delhi's biggest super-specialty medical institutions, but it "shockingly hasn't had a functional MRI machine since February 2016," the said.

"It has been sending patients, even those admitted, requiring emergency scans to nearby LNJP Hospital, while asking the rest to get them done in government-empanelled private diagnostic centres," the statement said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 22:10 IST
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