Department of Radiation Oncology, SMHS Hospital has commissioned Brachytherapy and CT Simulator, while other equipments will be installed soon, the HOD Oncology, Professor Sanaullah Kuchay said in a statement Friday.
The statement said that shipment of Cobalt Unit from Canada and TrueBeam from Germany have already been ordered and are likely to reach Srinagar soon.
"Though Department was all set to reinstall these equipments by January 2017 but the recent unrest of 4 months and resultant internet gag derailed our resolve," it stated.
"Department of Radiation Oncology SMHS Hospital was inaugurated in 2011, when Cobalt Unit, TPS, CT Simulator and HDR Brachytherapy got commissioned. Patient inflow increased from 225 in 2011 to 997 in 2014, but the devastating flood destroyed all achievements of 6 years in 6 hours.," it said adding that "However Floods put forth another challenging task "Revival of Radiotherapy Services".
"All old approvals like, site plan and lay out plan approvals of Cobalt Unit/ Brachytherapy/ CT Simulator, TrueBeam, license of radiotherapy treatment, Radiation safety officer nomination, import authorizations etc were cancelled and we were asked to apply afresh in line with new guidelines," the statement adds.
It states that as per the old guidelines department fulfilled minimum recommendations but new guidelines put the department in the deficient corner. "We were found deficient:"
"Though CT Simulator and Brachy therapy got replaced through Prime Ministers package yet Cobalt unit got excluded being a reparable item as certified by Indian Engineers from M/S Kirloskar. Canadian engineers, after reviewing the list of reparable items prepared by Indian team, pointed out about getting into surprises with risk to patient life, thus suggesting replacement to repair of the flooded Cobalt," it states.
The statement adds that it is only after 2 years of day in and day out struggle and team work of department that we succeeded in commissioning Brachytherapy and CT Simulator.
The statement thanked the central government, state government and College Administration for coming forward with open hearted support in terms of arranging funds and administrative help in recruitment of manpower to make us realize the dream of revival of cancer care services at the earliest.
"We would also thank Principal Dean GMC Srinagar who has put a pat on our shoulders and is personally involved in all departmental affairs making it easy for department to tread the most difficult path of arranging funds, manpower and completing civil works in due", the statement read.