Mahfuz Alam, Pabna ::
Pabna Medical College Hospital Kam Pabna General Hospital CT scan machine could not be launched even a year after its inauguration due to lack of electricity connection. As a result, patients are forced to go to private diagnostic centers for CT scan at high cost.
According to the hospital’s accounting department, the health department has allotted a state-of-the-art Toshiba-160 model CT scan machine worth about Tk 2 crore to Pabna General Hospital. A technician has also been deployed to operate the machine. But due to lack of power supply this valuable machine has fallen.
According to hospital sources, there are the electricity connection is 220 volts. But a 440 volt power connection is required to run a CT scan machine.
Visiting the hospital it was seen that the machine was started by charging the battery every day in the interest of keeping the patients active even if they did not get the service. The air-conditioning devices in this house also have to be kept active. In this way, even if the machine does not work for the patient, the machine has to be started every day to keep the machine running. Since there is no high-voltage power connection, the machine has to be started every day by charging the high-voltage battery. In addition, the machine room has to run AC all the time. This is increasing the unnecessary cost of the hospital.
Ayub Hossain, assistant director of Pabna General Hospital, said it was unfortunate that the CT scan machine was set up for the service but could not provide it. Although the Public Works Department has been repeatedly told about this, they are not taking any action. The CT scan machine is not going to be launched due to indifference of Public Works Department and Power Department.
When contacted, Pabna Public Works Department Executive Engineer Anwarul Azim said, “A power sub-station has already been constructed at the hospital to set up a 440-volt power transmission line. All the work for construction of sub-station has been completed. The work of electricity is no longer ours. We have no work left. Now the power department has to work for power connection. The money has been paid to the Northern Electricity Supply Company. He said the hospital would be connected as soon as they set up the power transmission line. ”