The sorry state of healthcare in Jammu and Kashmir could be well gauged from the fact that many vital, common and routine tests (investigations), which are must for diagnosing patients suffering from different diseases, are still not conducted in the premier health institutes of the state, reliable sources informed Greater Kashmir.
"In addition to this, there are many vital tests and investigations whose reports are provided after days, which is meaningless and serve no purpose for the patient", a senior doctor at the Government Medical College and Super Specialty Hospital, Jammu, informed.
"The routine as well as vital tests like Hepatitis Profile, TORCH, Coagulation Profile, Thyroid Profile, SGPOT, ANA, ANCA, Kidney Biopsy (Immunoflorescence), Rota Virus, Hydatid, and many other routine but very important tests are not being conducted in the GMC and Super Specialty Hospital of the Jammu region", highly places sources in the health department informed Greater Kashmir. A senior doctor at GMC and Super Specialty Hospital, said most of these tests are very important for diagnosing the patients suffering from different diseases but unfortunately, they are not being conducted in the premier health institutes.
Sources said, "Some of these tests are costly while many are being done at very low cost but due to lack of required kits and other facilities, they are not being done in the hospitals.
Hepatitis Profile, TORCH and Coagulation Profile involve to 7 tests each. Some are required before operation, while some are required for diagnosing a patient suffering from various infections.
Coagulation Profile, which involves six tests, is done before surgery/operation of a patient.
TORCH, a very vital test is required for pregnant women and those suffering from repeated abortions. ANA, ANCA, Kidney Biopsy (Immunoflorescence) tests are must for diagnosing a patient suffering from kidney infection and other related diseases.
SGOPT is vital for patients suffering from liver related diseases. A very important test, Rota Virus is required before proceeding with the treatment of child suffering from various infections.
Hydatid test is must for the patients suffering from various liver related diseases caused due to infection from animals, especially dogs, a health expert said.
Reliable sources informed that the kits and other required medicines for conducting these important tests are not available in the premier hospitals.
"We are not being provided requisite medicines and the kits for conducting the tests due to which we refuse the patients and they have to move to private laboratories and clinics where they are charged lot of money", a senior doctor in Microbiology Department informed.
This causes inordinate delay in the treatment of a patient, he said.
The doctor, while wishing anonymity said, "Every time we demand medicines and kits for these tests, we are told that there are no funds available".
Meanwhile, Medical Superintendent of GMC, Dr Ravinder Rattan Pal said that the tests which are not being conducted in the hospital will be started soon.
"We will inquire into the matter, and soon, the tests which are not being conducted in the hospitals, will be started for providing better health services to the patients", the Superintendent said.