Three major hospitals still without MRI facility

LARKANA: The project of establishing MRI facility at three major hospital of Sindh has not yet been started. The administrative approval of the project was granted by Health Department in September 2006.

CT scan facility has been functional but MRI project is still lingering due to non-working of costly Helium gas. The hospitals included Civil Hospital Karachi, Chandka Medical College Hospital Larkana, Liaquat University of Medical & health Sciences Hyderabad and Peoples Medical College Hospital Nawabshah costing Rs 564 million.

Sources at the Health Department said that the previous contractor, who was authorized to establish the project in these hospitals, had left the project incomplete and another has been assigned this task who has undertaken to complete MRI project within next three months.

These sources further said that only at Hyderabad, it isw working, and other hospitals are anxiously waiting for supply of Helium gas. In Nawabshah and Larkana, it never started since beginning but in Hyderabad & Karachi, it was made functional soon after the installation of MRI and CT scan machinery & equipment due to the influence of the, then Sindh Health Minister. The project started on 50:50 cost sharing basis by the federal & provincial governments.

Meanwhile, Benazir Bhutto Medical University authorities have not yet recruited any FCPS Radiology doctor to supervise this major facility and issue its reports and findings.

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