Digital X-ray machine at Handwara hospital defunct, people suffer
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Digital X-ray machine at Handwara hospital defunct, people suffer

Kupwara: The digital X-ray machine at District Hospital Handwara is out of order for the past two weeks, giving a tough time to the patients.

Although a manual X-ray machine is available in the hospital, it does not render the desired result, forcing patients to perform X-ray at private clinics.

The residents alleged that there was connivance between private X-ray clinics and officials at the District Hospital Handwara.

“I am unable to figure out why the X-ray machine at DH Handwara goes out of order every now and then. I feel that the hospital officials and private X-ray clinics are hand-in-glove and force patients to perform X-rays at private clinics,” Block Development Council (BDC) Langate Chairman Showkat Hassan Pandit told Greater Kashmir.

He said that the patients who were supposed to pay Rs 150 for an X-ray at DH Handwara were forced to pay Rs 600 per X-ray at private clinics.

Municipal Committee Handwara Chairman Masroor Banday said that the matter needed to be investigated on why X-ray machine at DH Handwara develops technical snags every now and then.

The attendant of a patient from Mawer Handwara said that his father had met with a minor accident after which he was shifted to DH Handwara where doctors initially advised him to get an X-ray done but to his amusement he had to pay Rs 600 at a private clinic for it.

Another attendant questioned what the fun of having the district hospital was if it lacked basic amenities like X-rays.

“Since we belong to the labour class, paying a huge amount for undergoing X-rays at a private clinic is too much for us,” he said.

Meanwhile, Medical Superintendent (MS) DH handwara Dr Nisar Ahmad told Greater Kashmir that although the digital X-ray machine had developed a snag due to which patients had been suffering, the engineers were on job and it would be made functional within two days.

He refuted the claims of any possible connivance between the hospital officials and the private clinic owners.

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