‘Forced to visit Srinagar hospitals’: Patients suffer as GMC Anantnag lacks radiotherapy facility

GMC Anantnag. [File Photo]

Srinagar: Hundreds of patients from south Kashmir in need of radiotherapy are suffering in absence of radiotherapy facilities at Government Medical College (GMC) Anantnag.

Poor attendants are struggling hard to take their patients on daily basis to SKIMS Soura or SMHS for radiotherapy.

Relatives of a 55-year-old cancer patient from Kulgam said that their patient has undergone multiple chemotherapy sessions, however, he is in need of radiotherapy now.

In absence of radiotherapy facilities at GMC, we have to take him for regular radiotherapy for about four weeks, they said, adding that it is not easy to take the patient to Soura from Kulgam on a daily basis as we belong to a financially weak family, said one the relatives of the patient.

Had these facilities available at GMC Anantnag, it would have been an easy and less expensive task for them, they said.

Other patients and attendants who are forced to go to Srinagar for radiotherapy echoed the same concern and said that the number of cancer patients is increasing at an alarming rate and such facilities should have been available at GMC Anantnag

In the year 2019, the Department of Oncology was made functional at GMC Srinagar and around 500 cancer patients are registered with GMC Anantnag.

Officials said that despite the approval of 20-bed radiation therapy at GMC Anantnag, it lacks Tele-cobalt and Linear Accelerator (LINAC) machines due to which patients requiring radiotherapy are suffering.

They said that it becomes very difficult for poor patients to come from far-off places and visit Srinagar for radiotherapy where such facilities are already overcrowded.

Patients, as well as attendants, have requested higher-ups to look into the matter at the earliest and make such facilities available at GMC Anantnag.

Meanwhile, Principal GMC Anantnag Dr Tariq Qureshi said that right now the hospital has a chemo therapy facility only and we have already approved 20 beds for Radiation Oncology and the rest of the facilities will follow. (KNO)


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