SILCHAR, Oct 9 - Death of 25-year old Sayantan Chakraborty, a resident of Silchar due to massive cardiac arrest has exposed the acute lack of cardiac treatment facilities at Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH).
According to sources, Sayantan, popular among his friends and peers as Rommo was rushed to SMCH after he suffered a massive attack on Tuesday. But after initial treatment, doctors at SMCH suggested that he undergo Angioplasty, a facility which is unavailable at the hospital. Thereafter, he was referred to NEIGRIHMS in Shillong. Sayantan died on the way to Shillong, sources added.
�We lost our son due to lack of advanced treatment facilities here,� a family member said. His body was brought back to Silchar for the last rites.
Meanwhile when quizzed about the issue, Dr Babul Kumar Bezbaruah, principal of SMCH admitted that the hospital lacks angioplasty and other vital cardiac treatment options along with critical neurosurgery facilities.
�The patient was brought here in critical condition following a massive heart attack. In such cases, the patient needs to be shifted to a cath-lab which is not available here. We did our best to save the patient. But since his condition was deteriorating, he was referred to Shillong. Since there is no regular cardiologist available at the hospital for treatment, the allied facilities are unavailable at the moment. We have appealed to the Government to give us a cardiologist and even the Government is ready to appoint an expert cardiologist at a package of own choice,� Dr Bezbaruah told The Assam Tribune.
It may be mentioned that the hospital, which has crossed 50 years of health service has been in desperate need of a cardiologist for a long time.