CUTTACK: The PET-CT scanner will be available to patients at the Acharya Harihar Institute for Postgraduate Cancer Qualification, Cuttack (AHPGIC) from 29 June. This was announced by the AHPGIC Advisor to the Supreme Court in Orissa, which heard PIL on the matter earlier this week.
Attorney Panda Devashi told the court that the PET-CT scanning equipment was brought to the oncology hospital on April 6 and installation work was ongoing. He also said that the approval of the Atomic Energy Commission was awaited for the installation and operation of the equipment and other supporting activities. The equipment will be operational on June 29, Panda told the court.
Against this backdrop, Division Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Judge RK Pattanaik announced the matter on 11 July, requesting Panda to issue a separate affidavit detailing the timeframe in which the expansion activities of AHPGIC will be completed.
The petition was filed last year by Anita Budia, a 50-year-old cancer patient who was being treated at AHPGIC. He asked why the institute doesn’t have PET-CT scanning facilities when it is the leading oncology institute in East India and the state’s only cancer hospital. A PET-CT scan is an important test needed to determine whether cancer cells have spread to parts of the patient’s body other than their original organs.
The 400-bed hospital treats thousands of cancer patients not only in Odisha but also in parts of neighboring Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bengal. There is an annual patient count from 23,000 to nearly 33,000.
The court also ordered the state government to issue a separate written statement at the time regarding the current status of acquisition and installation of PET-CT scanning equipment for medical facilities in Bhubaneswar, Balasore, Berhampur and Jharsuguda.
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