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Kitgum Hospital X-Ray Machine Breaks Down

The Philips Primary Diagnost model x-ray machine reportedly broke down a month ago and has since never been repaired.
The Philips Primary Diagnost DR X-ray machine at Kitgum General Hospital that broke down a month ago. Photo By Julius Ocungi

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Several patients in need of x-ray services at Kitgum General Hospital are stranded following breakdown of the machine. 

The Philips Primary Diagnost model x-ray machine reportedly broke down a month ago and has since never been repaired. 

Bezy Omoya, the hospital senior administrator says that the digital x-ray machine broke down after malfunction of one of its important software.

He says the machine has been down for long because there are no experts within the region to repair it.

Omoya says although they informed the health ministry through Gulu Regional Hospital equipment workshop about the machine’s break down, they got to know the ministry hasn’t yet renewed signing memorandum of understanding with the supplier.

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Omoya says many patients who wanted x-ray services to ascertain their medical conditions are being referred to other health facilities within and outside the district.

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According to Omoya, cost of repairing the, machine is estimated to at 900,000 shillings.

Pompeo Okello Olony 76 a resident of Labongo Akwang Sub County in Kitgum district who has dislocated hip bone says he has spent nearly a week without accessing x-ray services after being told the machine broke down.

Olony is among some 50 selected patients who have been waiting from Padibe Health Center IV in Lamwo district to undergo x-ray examination at Kitgum General Hospital.

Another patient from Pajimo Parish in Labongo Akwang Sub County who didn’t want to be named says he has been waiting for the last one week at Padibe Health Center IV in Lamwo District for repair of the x-ray machine.

This is the second time since September last year that the X-ray machine procured in 2016 has broken down.

The x-ray machine was procured by the Ministry of health from Dash-S Technologies Inc and serves patients from the four districts of Lamwo, Agago, Pader and Kitgum.