Only two government radiologists serve entire Ludhiana district: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Manav Mander

Ludhiana, May 10

There are only two government radiologists in the entire Ludhiana district. One of them is assigned to the civil hospital of Ludhiana and the other to the civil hospital of Samrala. Among these, the major workload falls on the one displayed in the district civil hospital, as it caters not only to patients in the city but also to those in Jagraon, Khanna, Raikot, Sidhwan Bet, Sahnewal , Maloud, Payal, Dehlon and Hatur.

Ludhiana Civil Hospital Radiologist handles Ultrasound Cases, CT/MRI Scans, Forensic Cases, Bone Ossification Tests, X-Ray Reports of Forensic Cases and also attends Court Hearings. court. While, the one stationed at Samrala, deals only with ultrasounds and forensic cases. CT and MRI facility is not available there and hence patients are referred to Ludhiana for the same.

Samrala only witnesses four to five forensic cases per month, compared to 100 in Ludhiana. Manjit Singh who came for a stomach ultrasound said he was asked to come after two days. “I can’t wait two days because the drugs or other action plans will be decided after the analysis. I will do it from a private center,” he said.

“More than 80 ultrasounds are performed daily, including 45 to 50 in the morning and as many in the evening. For the evening shift, we have an appointed doctor from the NRHM who only takes care of PNDT cases. On average, four to five CT scans are performed daily and since this facility started up recently, the number is expected to increase in the coming days,” said Ludhiana Hospital Radiologist Dr. Sandeep Sohi.

Ludhiana Civil Surgeon Dr SP Singh when contacted said there was a shortage of specialists in the government sector. Only a few can catch up to become a radiologist and of these, a minimum joins the government sector. “Recruitment is underway and we hope to have radiologists for the district,” he said.

Sonologists without devices in CHCs

  • Although the sonographer positions at CHC Koomkalan and Payal are filled, there are no sonographers in these centers
  • Payal Sonologist comes to Ludhiana Civil Hospital twice a week

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