RATODERO, Sind: CT scan project of Chandka Medical College Hospital CMCH, Larkana, has started working on experimental basis but the MRI project is still lingering on due to non-completion of the work.
On the other hand senior citizens and advocates of Larkana, including Comrade Sobho Gianchandani, Elahi Bux Kehar, Abdul Ghafoor Bhurgari and others, have demanded of the Director, Postgraduate Studies Committee of the Chandka Medical College CMC Larkana to start FCPS postgraduate classes in radiology department at Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Larkana for which recruitment of FCPS professor of radiology is must which will also help to run and manage vital project of MRI/CT Scan.
This will also facilitate doctors, who are desperate to do post graduation in radiology, they said. These senior citizens have also sent copies of the application to the Chairman, Higher Education Commission, Islamabad and other officials.
MRI/CT Scan project was approved in 2006 by the then federal government on 50/50 cost sharing basis for four teaching hospitals of Sind province out of which two projects have been completed at Hyderabad and Karachi which have started functioning and the remaining two projects of Nawabshah and Larkana are still languishing.
Now CT Scan of CMCH has been started initially for testing purposes. The 50% cost share of the project was immediately released and placed at the disposal of Sind government by the federal government but the project could not be completed within two years as envisaged in the approved PC1 though all the required funds were released and placed at the disposal of then Sind Health Secretary who has now been posted as Commissioner, Karachi division.
According to reliable sources, all MRI equipment has been installed but power supply cables are yet to be laid down by the contractor. It is yet to be ramped up and magnetized, sources claimed and added that installation software is also to be carried out by the manufacturers. These sources further disclosed that costly magnet has become hot at PMCH Nawabshah which will be replaced by the suppliers free of cost as the project has not yet been completed and handed over to the administration and is under warranty period.
Due to no availability of FCPS facility in radiology, the doctors doing post graduation and who cleared FCPS part1 are suffering a lot for no fault of theirs as it is the unique field which doctors rarely choose. If this FCPS post graduation study facilities are not started at BBMU Larkana then this project will be managed & run by DMRD diploma holding doctors who will indeed be against the interest of the patients and CPSP protocols.
BBMU in its recent recruitment advertisement demanded experienced professors of radiology but nobody applied though one inexperience FCPS doctor is available in Larkana which shows that the university authorities are not seriously interested in recruiting fresh highly qualified hands.
The people have also demanded to fulfil all the requirements for doing FCPS and proper running of MRI/CT Scan project without further loss of time as most of the time has already been wasted.