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Oyam Radiology Unit Under Key Lock

The Oyam District Health Officer, Thomas Malinga, says they are currently making referrals to Gulu Regional Referral Hospital and St Mary`s Hospital Lacor in Gulu town. He explains the district has written to the Health Ministry, Atomic Energy Council and Public Service Ministry to authorize them to recruit a radiographer.
The radiology unit at Anyeke health Centre IV in Oyam district is non-functional due to lack of a radiologist.  The unit was constructed in the 2017/2018 financial year to provide diagnostic services to residents.

  It was expected to conduct X-rays, computed tomography and magnetic Resonance Imaging services. The district had operated without a radiology unit for 12years. However, the newly built radiology unit has remained under lock and key due to absence of a radiographer.     

 

The Oyam District Health Officer, Thomas Malinga, says they are currently making referrals to Gulu Regional Referral Hospital and St Mary`s Hospital Lacor in Gulu town.   He explains the district has written to the Health Ministry, Atomic Energy Council and Public Service Ministry to authorize them to recruit a radiographer.     

Nelson Adea Akaa, the Oyam District LC V Chairperson, says the absence of the radiographer has greatly impacted on Health Service delivery to residents. He says some of the residents are unable to foot the transport costs to Gulu for radiology services.

  Anna Ekol, the Oyam District Health and Community Based Services Secretary, has appealed to the district leadership to expedite the recruitment process.  Eunice Amony, one of the residents, says she couldn’t travel to Gulu for radiology services when her daughter had a dislocation on the hand.

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