Mumbai: Sonography services remain shut at Cama and GT Hospital

Sonography machines at Mumbai’s state-run Gokuldas Tejpal (GT) and Cama Albless Hospital have not been working for months now. Owing to which patients are forced to spend more money to get a sonography done from private hospitals and clinics

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Sumita More, a 30-year-old Mumbai resident had visited Cama and Albless Hospital for a routine check-up on Tuesday, November 4. Sumita, who is three-months pregnant, could not undergo sonography, as the machine in the hospital was not in a working condition.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Sumita More said, “I have enrolled in Cama and Albless Hospital for my pregnancy. Doctors had asked me to undergo a routine three-month sonography. I visited the hospital, but doctors informed me that the sonography machine is not working. Now, I will have to spend a huge amount to get the sonography done in a private clinic.”

A lot of woman like Sumita, who are either pregnant or suffering from an ailment and need sonography, are being turned down by hospital as the machine is out of order. Every day around 400 to 500 woman visit Cama Hospital for a medical check-up.

“The sonography machines in GT and Cama Hospital are not working. The administration is trying to resolve the matter on a war front. But, for now, we are providing an ambulance to the patients to drop them at St George Hospital for a further medical check-up,” said Dr Pallavi Sapale, Dean, Sir JJ Group of Hospitals.

Sources say every day around 400 to 500 woman visit Cama Hospital for a medical check-up.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Amita Joshi, Medical Superintendent, Cama & Albless Hospital said, “Sonography machine is not working due to unavailability of one part. Currently, we are sending patients who need sonography to St George Hospital. We have started the process and soon, sonography services will be restored.”

“The machine is not working as we have to change one part of it. But, we have not received the part yet. The administration has sent a letter to Halfkine Institute for procuring a machine. Now, a few NGO’s are in the process of donating a sonography machine to the hospital,” said Dr Anant Shingare, Medical Superintendent of GT Hospital.