Finally, after almost eight years, the much awaited, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine has reached Mayo hospital, on June 27. The MRI machine will be placed at the first floor of surgical complex and is likely to start its service from August for the laymen.
It is pertinent to mark here that Mayo administration was working for the purchase of MRI machine since 2011. But even after sending proposals, nothing worked due to administrative issues.
On November 2016, Mayo received the nod for 1.5 Tesla MRI at the cost of Rs 10 crore and 128 slice CT Scan worth Rs 50 crore. But because Mayo did not have any MRI unit, MCI cancelled the ‘Diploma in Radio Diagonosis’. However with the efforts of CM Fadnavis and guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Shirdi Sai baba trust gave Rs 35.28 crore amount for the purchase of 11 equipment.
As a result, after a long delay, the proposal for purchasing of Ct scan (computerized tomography scan), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) and other major machines at Mayo got green signal from administration in January 2019. It is pertinent to note that Mayo made a proposal of all the needed machines and their buying cost, for the hospital. This proposal was sent to an organisation at Shirdi, which later agreed to allot `46,000 amount for purchasing of MRI, ventilator, DSA etc to IGGMC.
However the hospital has analysed a total cost of `25,000 to be required for all the three machines. Initially, the process got stuck midway due to some administrative work but later, the proposal of 25cr was released to Mayo for the purchasing. On April 18, directives were given by Medical Education Secretary Dr Sanjay Mukherjee for the purchase of MIR worth Rs 13 crore 10 lakh 869. It may be noted that a Germany based company, Siemens, send the machine to Mayo on June 26.