SRINAGAR — Cancer patients who need to undergo radiotherapy at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) are facing immense hardships as the only machine for doing so at the institute is lying defunct for the last six days.
Some of the cancer patients said that from the last six days, they are being told that the machine is lying defunct.
“The therapy post-surgery is the only medicine available with me for cure. However, the machine meant for it has been lying defunct for the last six days,” Sajad Ahmad, a patient from Soura area of Srinagar, said.
He added that post-surgery, he has to undergo therapy every day, saying that he had to undergo 31 doses of which 11 are left now, but the treatment has got delayed due to the defunct machine.
“As therapy is the only treatment for cancer patients, the machine should have been repaired in a short span of time,” the cancer patient said, adding that further delay in getting the treatment can deteriorate the health of patients.
They appealed to the SKIMS administration to look into the matter at the earliest and ensure that the machine is repaired at the earliest.
When contacted, Public Relations Officer (PRO) at SKIMS, Kulsooma, said that the radiology machine has developed some technical snag and the administration has informed the company that has installed it at the institute.
“We are on it and it will be repaired as soon as possible,” she said.