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Dr. Nathan Onyachi, the Medical Director Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, says they need more than Shillings 70 million to fix the x-ray machine that broke down in 2014.
The Health of Minister, Dr Elioda Tumwesigye (in red tie) During Commissioning a multi million shillings radiology unit at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital

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Gulu Regional Referral Hospital has temporarily suspended x-ray services citing the breakdown of their machine.

Dr. Nathan Onyachi, the Medical Director Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, says they need more than Shillings 70 million to fix the x-ray machine that broke down in 2014.

Dr. Onyachi says the x-ray machine that was donated by the USAID funded charity, Northern Uganda Health Integration to Enhance Services (NUHITES), broke down due to stress after just three months of operation.

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According to Dr. Onyachi, Gulu Regional Referral Hospital unsuccessfully sought the intervention of parliament to fix the machines. He says left with no option, the hospital resorted to referring clients to private clinics for x-ray services, which charge between Shillings 20,000 and 50,000.

The hospital that serves patients from seven districts in Acholi sub region has an empty multi-million Shillings radiology unit that was built by the Italian Cooperation. Despite being commissioned in November 2014, the unit is yet to be equipped.