The lone X-ray machine of Boailmari Upazila Health Complex here has remained inoperative for nine years as it was installed in an abandoned building.
The machine was set up in a room of the abandoned health complex building in 2008, said X-ray machine operator Abdur Rashid. The old building was declared abandoned in 2006 and a new one was built, but that did not have any room for X-ray machine, he added.
“On average 300 to 350 patients take outdoor treatment everyday, of whom, 50 to 70 patients need to have X-ray done, so they have to pay extra for getting their X-ray outside the health complex,” Rashid said.
“I am suffering from chest pain and I need X-ray. The doctor told me to get it done from outside,” said Lima Parvin.
“If the X-ray machine is operated, we could save money,” said Poli Begum, wife of a patient.
Upazila Health Officer Tapos Biswas said as there is no room for the X-ray machine in the new building, it was installed in the old building in 2008, which was declared abandoned in 2006, so they have not been able to use the machine.
Tapos said he asked the authorities concerned to resolved the problem, but no step has been taken yet.
Civil Surgeon Arun Kanti Biswas said the X-ray machine does not work as it has remained unused since its installation. He said he requested the authorities concerned to install a new one for the health complex.