Cancer patients suffer as radiotherapy machine develops fault at SMHS Hospital

SMHS Hospital. [File Photo]

Srinagar: Cancer patients had to return disappointed as one of the three radiotherapy machines developed technical snag at SMHS Hospital in Srinagar.

Patients who had come for the radiotherapy sessions said that they had to return back without taking the radiotherapy sessions as one of the machines installed in the radiation oncology department at the hospital developed some fault two days ago.

Gulzar Ahmad, a patient from Budgam said he has to undergo therapy but he had to wait for a long time due to the defunct machine.

“As therapy is the only treatment for cancer patients, the machine should have been repaired in a short span of time,” another cancer patient said, adding that further delay in getting the treatment can deteriorate the health of patients.

They appealed to the GMC administration to look into the matter at the earliest and ensure that the machine is repaired at short notice.

Head of Department Radiation Oncology at GMC Srinagar Dr Manzoor Ahmad said for the last two days only that the machine developed a small issue due to temperature control because of increase in temperature.

“We are on it and it will be taken care of permanently but even then we are making sure to treat as many patients as possible and do our utmost not to send any patient back if he has reported to the department,” he said.

He said that even the one which had the issue is still being used and it is functional, though in between it develops temperature fluctuations. (KNO)

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