Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India is bringing good news to patients who have to travel far and wide for their diagnoses. The latest development in this regard comes from the Raigarh district in Chhattisgarh. People in and around Raigarh had to shell out big bucks and run from pillar to post to get a CT Scan or MRI test. However, the good news is that thanks to the CSR of NTPC, a new CT scanner and MRI machine will soon be installed at Raigarh Medical College, where these lay defunct for 2 years.
National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) has granted INR 25 crore to Raigarh Medical College, Chhattishgarh for its development. The new medical equipment is part of the CSR of NTPC so that all patients can undergo these otherwise expensive tests for a fraction of the cost.
Old machines in disrepair
Incidentally, the medical college hospital initially provided these facilities, but the old machines have been out of operation for the last 2 years. Rahuldeo Sharma of The CSR Journal spoke to Dr. P.M. Luka, Dean LSLAM Medical College. Dr. Luka said that although they tried to repair the medical equipment on and off, due to unavailability of spare parts, the machines stopped working altogether. The hospital tied up with quite a few MRI centres for conducting specialised tests on the patients, who had to travel to far-off locations for the same. He is relieved that due to the CSR of NTPC, the hospital will soon have high tech equipment for diagnosis and treatment of patients.