SILCHAR, April 29 - Since the resumption of general treatment facilities at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH) on April 24, hundreds of patients have rushed for treatment both at the OPD and indoors.
However, some of the patients have faced seemingly tough times in the past few days amidst the ongoing nationwide lockdown to COVID-19 as the CT (Computed Tomography) Scanning machine at the hospital has turned defunct.
Asked about the issue, Dr Bhaskar Gupta, vice principal of SMCH informed that an important part in the CT Scanning machine has a technical snag due to which the machine could not be operated. However, patients in need of undergoing CT Scan can avail facilities at the Silchar Civil Hospital, he suggested. �We are trying to fix the issue as soon as possible. The affected part of the machine will reach Guwahati from Singapore by May 8 and subsequently to SMCH. In the meantime, patients who need to undergo CT Scan can get the services at the Silchar Civil Hospital.�
Dr Gupta was quick to inform that while 32 patients were admitted at the hospital on Tuesday, as many as 322 patients were provided treatment at the OPD till 2 pm.
Regarding COVID-19 cases, Dr Gupta said that so far 1173 persons have been screened and 1235 throat swab samples have been collected at the hospital, with only three samples resulting COVID-19 positive till now. There is only one COVID-19 positive patient undergoing treatment at the hospital, he added.