Funds crunch has taken a toll on the operations of the outreach programme ‘Asha Jyoti’ by Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) facilitating screening of breast cancer, cervical cancer and osteoporosis. The authorities have struggled to raise funds for the outreach health van, including its maintenance and operational costs. As per the information, the repair of various equipments and parts of the vehicle, including roof and other automobile parts, has been due since a long time. The condition of the mobile van has worsened as the roof leakage on to the onboard machinery has impacted its outreach service to Sector 38 and 45, Chandigarh posing ordeal for the patients and the visitors.
Highlighting the urgency around the lack of funds, Dr. MS Sandhu, HOD, Department of Radiodiagnosis, PGIMER said,” I feel that Asha Jyoti Mobile Van is a very important outreach programme for the entire surrounding region and we are running extremely short of funds. I, therefore, appeal to all NGOs and donors to come forward to fund this programme to help continue it in the future.” The long-pending repair works of DEXA machine, which is used for screening of osteoporosis, has taken a hit due to the extreme shortage of funds. The repair costs of the DEXA machine is estimated to be around Rs.13-14 lakh, whereas the replacement of the existing leaking roof with a new is estimated to cost more than Rs. 5 lakh. Initiated with a collaboration of PGIMER with RAD-AID International, a US-based Nono-Profit Organization .
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