Bhubaneswar: The All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the capital city of Odisha has initiated the installation work of PET-CT (Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography) machine.
The set up will be operational within 2-3 months, informed Dr Sachidananda Mohanty, Medical Superintendent of AIIMS, Bhubaneswar on Friday.
In a statement, Mohanty said that AIIMS, Bhubaneswar has already placed a purchase order for procurement of PET-CT machine in March this year. However, various works for its installation and commissioning got delayed due to the surge of Covid pandemic in the State.
The agency has started the civil works and other works for its installation and commissioning, he further added.
Further Mohanty said in the statement that the installation is expected to be completed within the next two months in the basement area of the hospital.
It is noteworthy to mention that AIIMS, Bhubaneswar will be the first public hospital in the State to install the PET-CT.
The PET-CT machine will help in the treatment of cancer patients and other critical surgical cases. The PET-CT will benefit many poor and needy patients of Odisha.
Earlier in April this year, the Odisha government paved way for setting up of Bagchi-Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital & Research Institute and the Bagchi- Karunashraya Palliative Care Centre in Bhubaneswar with a view to augment cancer treatment facilities in the State.
As per reports, the announcement came after Subroto Bagchi and his wife Susmita pledged to donate Rs 340 crores to set up the world class palliative care unit and a cutting-edge cancer hospital.
For the Bagchi-Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, the Bagchi couple have pledged Rs 210 Crore. On the other hand, to fulfil the project requirements, the State Government will provide 20 acres of land for free at Infocity-Il in Bhubaneswar to set up the hospital.
The Bagchi couple will pledge Rs. 130 crore for the Palliative Care Centre.