Berhampur, June 23 (LocalWire): An ultrasound machine has been installed at the district headquarter hospital, City Hospital, here on Saturday. Ganjam Collector,Vijay Amruta Kulange, inaugurated the installation of the machine.
‘The patients can utilize the ultrasound machine free of cost under the government’s Nidan programme,’ said Kulange.
The new machine costs over Rs 18.55 lakh and the cost was borne from the funds of Rogi Kalyan Samiti (RKS), officials said.
The ultrasound machine that had been installed in the hospital some years ago was defunct for over six months.
Due to non-availability of ultrasound facilities, patients were forced to go to private clinics and diagnostic centres.
‘The new machine is a modern and sophisticated one and the diagnosis will be accurate through this device,’ said chief district medical officer, Bijay Kumar Panigrahy.
A sinologist was appointed to operate the machine.
Manav Adhikar Surakshya Manch, a Berhampur-based organisation, has been demanding development of health-care facilities in government hospitals, including City Hospital and MKCG Medical College and Hospital, here, for over a year.
They had urged to install ultrasound and CT scan machines in the hospital.
Every Monday, MASM rings bells in front of different hospitals, raising various health service-related issues.
‘We are happy the government has installed an ultrasound machine in the hospital following our continuous campaign,’ said Abani Kumar Gaya, coordinator of MASM.
He said their other demands are improvement of health services, installation of CT scan machines and setting up of dialysis unit in the City Hospital.
He also demanded that all the required medicines must be supplied through the Nidan scheme.