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Dearth of MRI Machines In Delhi Hospital Left Its Patients And Medical Students In Dismay

Despite years of promises, the University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS) at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in Delhi has yet to receive a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine, which has been a great source of distress to patients and postgraduate students alike. For a considerable amount of time, the hospital has been without a scanning aid that would have enabled it to diagnose and treat patients more accurately and efficiently. Consequently, patients have been forced to forgo the medical services that an MRI machine could have otherwise provided them. Additionally, medical students have been deprived of the opportunity to gain experience with this vital piece of equipment.

The absence of this much-needed equipment has resulted in three-month shifts to Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) for UCMS radiography students to ensure their courses remain unaffected. Unfortunately, this has put them at a disadvantage compared to their counterparts in the other two major medical colleges under Delhi University, Lady Hardinge Medical College, who are able to gain experience with the tools and technology within the confines of their respective colleges.

The state government made a pledge in 2016 to acquire five MRI machines, yet to this day; this promise has yet to be fulfilled. Despite persistent inquiries, the government has remained silent on the matter.

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