Many refuse to allow male technicians to conduct their ECG or Ultrasound
The lack of female ECG technicians in SMHS hospital has become a cause of concern for scores of female patients, as the female students complain that they “are not comfortable with getting their cardiograph done by male technicians.”
The lack or the scarcity of female technicians in various departments of SMHS is a matter of concern for female patients and their attendants, who feel embarrassed at being examined by male technicians.
Several female patients said that many times they have to return back home, with getting their investigations like like ECG, Ultrasound etc done.
While expressing his concern about the inconvenience suffered by female patients on account of non-availability of female ECG technicians in SMHS hospital, an attendant of a female patient Ajaz Ahmed Sheikh, a lawyer by profession said that a few days ago, he went to SMHS Hospital for check up, where doctors prescribed ECG, but when he took her to the ECG lab, there was no female technician available to get her ECG done.
“It was an embarrassing situation for my aunt, who refused to get her ECG done at the hands of a male technician and we had to return without getting her ECG done,” he said.
Sheikh said that when he asked the lab in-charge to arrange a female technician to get the ECG of his aunt done, he said that they have no female technician available in the hospital, with the result they had to return home, without getting the ECG done.
Sheikh said that her aunt is within her rights in refusing to be examined by a male technician.
“We as a society are duty bound to object to the practice and demand appointment of female technicians for female patients as there is also a special provision in the constitution to formulate special laws for women and children under Article 15 of the constitution”, he added.
Meanwhile Principal Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar Dr. Parvez Shah, in his response regarding the issue said that during the day, both male and female technician staff in Radiology department remains available in the hospital.
“However, due to the crunch of sufficient manpower available to the hospital, during the night hours only male staff conducts various investigations.” CNS