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Mayo Hospital’s main CT scan machine non-functional for many days

Management oblivious of mounting patient hardships

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By Azhar Ul Haq Wahid

LAHORE: The main Computerized Tomography (CT) scane machine has not been working properly for the last many days at the Mayo Hospital for the last many days putting the outdoor and indoor patients to face hardships, Daily The Business has learnt.

Currently the teaching, Mayo Hospital, attending patient of almost from the whole Punjab besides Pakistan with major complains and disorders, has just three CT scan machines and of which one is non-functional for the last many days.

The machine was specified for the for general patients referral from
all the departments.

A large number of poor patients, which were previously scanned by the
machine for cheap prices, are being forced to the visit private
laboratories where they are charged exorbitant price adding to their
miseries.

“I cannot afford such the huge prices for the CT-scan examination. I
even do not have money to buy food for my daughter who is suffering
from abdominal complexities, Amina ,an attendant of a patient from
Vehari told this scribe.

Saleem Rasool, a father of a patient with head injury, said that the
government and concerned authorities should take notice resolving the
issue of non-functional CT- scan machine.

Sources said that the machine usually remained non-functional and the
hospital management has failed to make permanent arrangements.

The hospital management has set the price of one Plan CT scan at Rs
2500 liquid medicine for the clear Tomography Barium Sulfate worth Rs
Rs 1000 is purchased by the patient from the open market.

The private laboratories are charging over Rs 6000 to Rs 10000
thousands. On the other hand, the hospital charges Rs 35000 for one
Contrast CT scan and the additional liquid medicine is brought by the
patients.

Due to CT scan machine disorder the patients are being exploited by
the liberties mafia around the hospital, the sources said adding that
most of the patients come for CT scan from the outside of Lahore who
are being looted by the private local laboratories without any fear of
the Drug Control Authorities (DCA).

Mayo Hospital Chief Operating Officer (COO) Dr Tahir khalil could not
be reached despite several attempts on his phone. This scribe also
visited his office for his version on the story but he was not
available for his comments. He was also dropped messages to know his
point of view on the crucially important matter concerning with live
of the masses.

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