Kitgum Hospital Struggles to Recruit Radiographer

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 machine.
a technician repairs an x-ray machine at kitgum general hospital that broke down for the past one month. photo by julius ocungi

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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 machine.

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 radiographers.

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 being recruited.

“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,” says Oyoo.

The hospital the x-ray machine has also not been functioning after it broke down due to malfunction of its software forcing several patients   to 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.