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Army docs: One kidney not a selection lapse

ARMY DOCTORS here maintain that since there is no specific rule to put the male candidates at Service Selection Board(SSB) interviews to ultrasound test, there was no procedural lapse in the selection of Gentleman Cadet Surender Singh Pahal at the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, who has been detected to be born with one kidney.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2006 14:48 IST

ARMY DOCTORS here maintain that since there is no specific rule to put the male candidates at Service Selection Board(SSB) interviews to ultrasound test, there was no procedural lapse in the selection of Gentleman Cadet Surender Singh Pahal at the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, who has been detected to be born with one kidney.

GC Pahal had been selected by the SSB in Bhopal where his medical test was also conducted. However, the doctors on condition of anonymity say that a GC with one kidney “is definitely in a compromised condition.”

The Delhi High Court, where Pahal has challenged his discharge from the IMA, has observed that if the board found him fit to continue with the job and perform his responsibilities,

the Army will have to take him back and give him all benefits. On the court observation, the doctors say even a minor ailment or infection could land a Gentleman Cadet in hospital.

If a person is likely to be compromised at any time in future due to lack of one kidney, there is no reason why he should be appointed in the defence force, they insist.

The Hindustan Times contacted doctors at the Army Hospital, Bairagarh, today to seek their opinion about the recent discharge of Pahal from the IMA.

The doctors said that there are no rules laid down in black and white about conducting ultrasound test for male candidates during medical examination of SSB.

A blood test to ascertain renal functioning, besides some other body functions, is conducted during medical examination of male candidates at Servive Selection Board to check the amount of urea in blood and level of creatinine. In female
candidates, however, an ultrasound is also conducted to check pelvic pathology.

The renal function test, besides ascertaining other functions, is the criterion for checking kidney functioning too. Doctors say that normally a person with just one kidney could also give absolutely normal results in the renal function test. That way, they add, it is difficult to find out whether a candidate has just one kidney until an ultrasound test is conducted.