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Ladakh gets its first MRI machine at Leh’s SNM Hospital

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By — Shyamal Sinha

The Chairman/Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC, Leh, Advocate Tashi Gyalson, inaugurated the first ever 1.5 Tesla MRI

MRI Machine installed at SNM Hospital in Leh on Wednesday. (Photos/ANI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine installed at the MRI Centre at SNM Hospital Leh.

Tashi Gyaltsen, the Chief Executive Councillor of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), inaugurated the facility for the people said that the residents of Ladakh will be benefitted.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that the MRI machine was installed as part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between LAHDC and the Airport Authority of India.

‘In September 2019, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by LAHDC and the Airport Authority of India. As a part of that MoU under the idea of Corporate Social Responsibility, 1.5 Tesla MRI machine was installation here. We are dedicating this unit to the people of Leh district and Ladakh as a whole. I hope that this unit will benefit a lot of people here,” he said.

Dr Sonam Wangchuk, a Radiologist at the hospital said that, in the absence of this machine, patients had to go to other places like Jammu for MRI.

“This 1.5 Tesla MRI Machine has come to Ladakh for the first time. Earlier in the absence of this machine, we faced a lot of problems. Patients had to go places like Jammu, Delhi for MRI. Spinal surgeons also needed it. It has benefited these spinal surgeons too as they can perform their operations here. This MRI is digital-based and its use would not be a claustrophobic experience for the patients.Principal Secretary, Dr Pawan Kotwal, stated that the newly established MRI machine would enhance the diagnostic capabilities of the hospital and help local patients avail of such facilities at their doorstep. He also appreciated the contribution of the medical fraternity in controlling the spread of the coronavirus in UT Ladakh.

DC Leh, Shrikant Suse and Airport Director Leh, Malkeet Singh also addressed the gathering and shared their valuable words on the importance of having the much-needed MRI machine facility in Ladakh.

Executive Councillor for RDD, LAHDC Leh, Tashi Namgyal Yakzee, Former CEC Leh, Gyal P Wangyal, BDC Leh, Dr Skalzang Dorjey, Director Health, ADC Leh, MD NHM, CPO Leh, CMO Leh, Xen Construction Division, Officials of Philips Company and the medical staffs of SNM Hospital attended the inaugural function at SNM Hospital Leh.We are extremely thankful to the government for this,” said Dr Wangchuk.

Sourced  — (ANI)