With vital diagnostic machines lying defunct in Government Medical College (GMC) Anantnag, the patients are compelled to get tests done from private clinical laboratories often at hefty prices.
A medic said that the bio-chemistry analyzer in the hospital was defunct for four months. “The analyzer developed a snag in July and in August it was set right but it functioned for a few days only. In September again an engineer fixed the machine, but it soon stopped working,” he said.
The medic said that the patients are forced to get investigations like KFT, LFT, Lipid profile done at private laboratories. “They have to dole out at least Rs 1000 for the tests which they could do for just Rs 100 at the hospital,” he said.
Another medic said that even the CBC Analyzer remained mostly defunct and the hospital was unable to carry various pathological investigations. “The arterial blood gas (ABG) analysis machine hardly remains functional due to the non-availability of reagents,” he said.
He said that the hospital did not even conduct sputum tests and instead forced the patients to go to TB hospital.