The management of Kitgum General Hospital has failed to recruit a radiographer to operate x-ray and ultrasound machines.
Bezy Omoya, the hospital’s senior administrator says for
more than a year their attempt to recruit a radiographer has failed.
Omoya said although the hospital advertised for the position in June this year, they have failed to fill the position. He said the three applicants who had been
shortlisted for interview failed to turn up.
He says the only government employee in the x-ray department
at the facility is a darkroom attendant who isn’t qualified to operate the
According to Omoya, for more than a year now, the facility
has been relying on the expertise of a radiographer who was employed by International
Rescue Committee (IRC), a non governmental organization.
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Omoya says they are worried that in any case the current
radiographer’s contract ends with IRC, the hospital will be in serious trouble to
offer x-ray services to patients.
He notes that they have occasionally been having challenges
whenever the radiographer goes for leave or has any other engagement outside
the facility leaving patients unable to access x-ray and ultrasound services.
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He believes low pay at the facility for a radiographer
could be the reason they have failed to attract a specialist and called on the
district leaders to make necessary adjustments on the remuneration to attract
The District Health Officer Dr Alex Olwedo acknowledged the challenge
but didn’t divulge much saying he was busy in a meeting.
Walter Komakech Oyoo, the Kitgum District Secretary for Health
and Education says they intend to conduct head hunts for the specialist adding
that they will first establish their needs to mitigate possible challenges before
“Radiographers are marketable and most of them have jobs
already. Our strategy now is to search for these specialists and hold special
consultations with them on what they need and where we have to make necessary adjustments,”
The hospital the x-ray machine has also not been functioning
after it broke down due to malfunction of its software forcing several patients
seek for x-ray health services in private facilities.
The machine was however repaired over the weekend after intervention
of Health Right International and Help A Child Face Tomorrow, non-governmental
organizations that provided the UGshs900,000 needed for its repair.