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Iganga Main Hospital Operating Without X-ray Machine

By Solomon Hamala

 

IGANGA

 

Iganga main hospital has been operating without a functional X-ray machine for the past two years, this website has learnt.

 

The hospital Medical Superintendent, Dr. Stephen Waako revealed this while briefing the Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja who paid an impromptu visit to the facility recently.

 

Dr. Waako said that the machine broke down and requires Shs3 million to fix.

 

 

Waako said as a result, patients are always required to seek services of an x ray machine at private facilities elsewhere making it hard to deliver services to patients since most of them cannot afford meeting the huge bills charged by private providers.

 

 

Waako also said the hospital risks being disconnected from the main electricity power grid due to the huge bills that have accumulated to the Shs450 million.

 

He urged government to increase on funds allocated to Iganga main hospital since it currently accommodates a huge number of patients that flock in from the neighboring districts of Bugiri, Luuka, Namutumba and Kaliro.

 

“Previously this facility was meant to accommodate only 150 patients but now the number has risen and we cannot chase them away,” he said.

 

Waako said the shortage of manpower at the facility was also crippling service delivery especially during times of emergencies like accidents or fire outbreaks.

 

Nabanja promised to lobby government to elevate Iganga main hospital to a regional referral status in a bid to improve on service delivery.

 

“Now that you are in the middle of all the surrounding districts, this hospital should be turned into a regional facility so that patients are saved the burden of travelling far distances,” she said.

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