Mubarack Weere, the Administrator Jinja Regional Referral Hospital told URN that they have officially notified the Health Ministry about the breakdown of their X-ray machine and efforts are underway to repair it soon.
The x-ray machine at Jinja
Regional Referral Hospital is dysfunctional forcing patients in need of radiography
services to turn to lower health units or costly private clinics.
dual-diagnostic multipurpose x-ray machine at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital
reportedly broke down in February and hasn’t been fixed. A health worker at
the hospital told URN on condition of anonymity that the machine has been down
for close to three months.
“This is a referral
hospital where we receive dozens of people with illnesses that require thorough
examination involving radiography investigations but at times our hands are
tied. Such patients are referred to either lower government health facilities
or private clinics,” he said.
Mubarak Weere, the Administrator Jinja Regional Referral Hospital told URN that
they have officially notified the Health Ministry about the breakdown of
their X-ray machine and efforts are underway to repair it soon.
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The hospital principal radiographer, Jonathan
Urassa, said they used to attend to 25 people on average each day. He however,
said that since both the x-ray and scan
machines are nonoperational, they are currently relying on a portable x-ray
machine attached to the intensive care unit to conduct chest x-rays and minor
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Patricia Nandege, who took her husband to the hospital for
treatment after being involved in an accident told URN that health workers asked
her to seek X-ray services from the neighbouring health facilities because the machine
“My husband was involved in an accident on Wednesday this
week. Health workers declined to attend to him before were provide x-ray images
from a clinic located about 100 meters away from the hospital,” she said.
cost between 35,000 and 60,000 Shillings in
private clinics in Jinja town. Patients also have to pay consultation fees of
Shillings 10,000 depending on their diagnostic reference.