In a recent report, it has been revealed that Mr. Goran Hagglund, the Swedish Minister of Health and Social Affairs, has recently visited the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. This was a very beneficial event for the team of doctors at the institution as well as for improving the relations between the two countries.
He visited the Neurosurgery Department at the institute, and there was an interactive session with the neurosurgeons present at the venue. He headed the Elekta Gamma Knife Facility situated at the Gamma Knife Centre in the hospital.
He is of the view that he has come to India to explore the Swedish Technology option in the country and see whether it can be feasible for work in the scenario of the nation. He discussed the elderly care as well as non-communicable diseases in the country, which have become a major issue of concern lately.
The new technology that has been installed is a radiosurgery machine which works on stereotactic energy, and with high precision. It’s the first time it has been put across at a government hospital and it shall be able to treat disorders in the brain, with a single dose, which is of high degree. It shall use an irradiation from the metallic frame that is fitted on the patient’s head.
The sessions are costly for now and priced at Rs. 75,000, which is usually enough to treat tumors. He was of the view that their aim is to bring affordable and quality healthcare services in the country.
“The machine works like a robot. The doctor just has to press the buttons and it takes care of the rest. With the old machine, settings have to be adjusted manually and one treatment session takes up to five hours”, revealed Dr. SS Kale, in-charge, Gamma Knife Centre, AIIMS.