It is reported that the much talked PET scanner cannot be used yet as it must properly installed within a safe cabin made of thick layered concrete and no measures have been taken by the Health authorities until it was brought to the hospital premises.
The positron emission tomography (PET) scanner, purchased with the funds collected from the public through a fundraising campaign, is currently kept delayed to be installed at a newly-built building of the Apeksha Hospital in Maharagama. Hospital officials have earlier informed the relavent authorities that the radio active matter is used to function the pet scanner and a special cabin must be built to install it prior to its arrival. However the health mauthorities including the minister were boasting about their success but no steps were taken to prepare a location to install the expensive machine once it is brought to the hospital.
The ministry spent public funds to gain political mileage publishing advertisements of full pages despite fact that the machine was actually bought by using donor funds. The installation process is likely to be delayed few more weeks and will then be utilised by the hospital for cancer patients.
An initiative was launched by the National Cancer Institute in Maharagama (renamed as Apeksha Hospital) in 2016 to seek public assistance for the purchase of a PET scanner. An essential requirement for the National Cancer Institute in Maharagama, the PET Scanner allows doctors to detect the early onset of disease before it is evident on other imaging tests.
A father of a patient child initiated the Fund to buy a Pet Sacanner. The campaign received the full support of donors, of local and overseas Lankans to achieve its target of Rs. 200 million to purchase the PET Scanner. The target was achieved in June 2016.