Need of an urgent operation at AIIMS, 3-5 years is the normal waiting period.
A four-month-old girl in need of immediate surgery to mend a hole in her heart has been given an operation date in 2023 at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS).
Usually, the waiting time for surgeries given at AIIMS ranges between two-three years. This time, however, the waiting time has been staggering specially in the cardiac and neuro departments as the institute is already running overloaded many times with patients waiting.
Ram Kishor Chaurasia, a resident of Sarita Vihar in south Delhi, took his four-month-old daughter Trisha to the premier healthcare institute seeking treatment for a hole in her heart.
"Whatever efforts have been taken to cut the awaiting time are seems to be futile, and some patients thronging the institute are even given the scheduled date of after eight years," said an AIIMS official.
"Doctors at CTVS (Cardiothoracic and vascular surgery) unit informed us that they really do want to conduct operation and fix the issue, as patients needs immediate recuperation from the disorder my daughter has. But they could not make time, because the resources are limited and patients are many times more," said the infant girl's hapless father.
Had it been in doctors hands, they would perform every surgery the same day but to perform these surgeries, there is the need of more trained doctors, more ventilators, supporting staff, instruments, medicines, operations theatres, and not just more regulations that everyone is interested in.
We must understand the exact reasons behind these delays in treatment, and put the right demand to correct those reasons.
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