SOPORE : Lack of female technician in Electrocardiogram (ECG) section of Sub-District Hospital Sopore is turning away female patients with most of them hesitating to get it done by male technicians.
As per the technicians, the section was run by a female volunteer six months ago who resigned later.
After complaining of chest pain, Nadiya’s mother was prescribed an ECG. “She refused to get it done at the hospital because of unavailability of female technician. She got it done elsewhere,” says Nadiya, a resident of Sopore.
ECG is mainly used to detect the abnormal functioning of the heart and to investigate the cause of chest pains. It is an essential test especially for the pregnant women who may have undergone caesarean or if the heart rate of the fetus is abnormal. “It is a distressing that male staffers have been assigned the duty to carry out ECG on females. This is against the medical ethics. The privacy of the patient has to be maintained. But here in Sub District Hospital as the shortage of female technician, the patients are made to suffer,” Haleema, a patient said
“Females show reluctance in getting the test done by males as it requires them to expose a part of their body,” says technician Mohammad Ayoub. He added that when female patients are deprived of the right to privacy, they skip the diagnostics despite the same being an important aspect of the treatment.
While admitting the non-availability of female technicians, the officials at the hospital said that they have to provide service to the patient which they are doing. There should be no reluctance related to the sex of either male or female, the officials said. “We possess a professional degree and do not differentiate between males and females,” the officials said.
(This storty has been first published on Early Times )
2015 Kashmir Despatch