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Beli Hospital services hit

Three essential medical services -- Cardiology, Radiology and Dental -- have come to a halt at the Tej Bahadur Sapru (Beli) Hospital. Thanks to mass scale transfer of doctors and delay made by the government in making further postings at the Beli Hospital. What's more with the transfer of specialist doctors advance diagnostic machines and life saving equipment worth crores of rupees are lying idle at Cardiology, Radiology and Dental Departments which have been virtually shut down.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2006 10:27 IST

Three essential medical services -- Cardiology, Radiology and Dental -- have come to a halt at the Tej Bahadur Sapru (Beli) Hospital. Thanks to  mass scale transfer of doctors and delay made by the government in making further postings at the Beli Hospital.

What's more with the transfer of specialist doctors advance diagnostic machines and life saving equipment worth crores of rupees are lying idle at Cardiology, Radiology and Dental Departments which have been virtually shut down. The remaining staff is not trained to handle these sophisticated gadgets and most of the patients concerning these departments are being referred to other hospitals. 

Despite the fact that of all the other district hospitals in Allahabad division Beli Hospital is the only one to have all the latest diagnostic and life saving instruments.

The Regional Diagnostic Centre was set up here to provide advance pathology and diagnostic services to patients at nominal prices. Two posts of radiologists were sanctioned for the Radiology department.

But a few months back one of the radiologists was transferred to other district and the other reportedly expressed his inability to provide his services due to physical disability. Due to this the two state-of-art ultrasound machines installed at the Radiology department stopped functioning. Besides Radiology other services also became affected due to which the administration became forced to close the department.

Similarly with the transfer of Dr AK Srivastava in December the Dental Department also closed down. The recent transfer of two cardiologists also led to the closure of Cardiology Department which incidentally has all the latest machines for the treatment of heart patients. The dialysis machine is also lying idle for the last over two years in the absence of posting of a nephrologist. 

Chief medical superintendent of Beli Hospital Dr RB Singh said this situation was existing for the last six months due to mass scale transfer of doctors. Three essential departments Cardiology, Radiology and Dental were not functioning in the absence of specialists. The only radiologist at the Radiology Department was unable to handle the work due to physical disability. Due to which the machines worth crores were lying unused. Only ECG and other simple pathology tests were being done at the hospital. "We have repeatedly requested the principal secretary (health) to fill these vacant posts to provide smooth services to the patients. Things were expected to get normal only by July," he added.