Mityana Hospital has spent three years without functional X-ray and Ultra sound machines which are important machines for people with chest infections, bone infection and accidents whereas ultra sound scan is so important for expectant mothers to see the baby and the internal condition of their clients
Mityana Hospital will have to wait
longer as the Ministry of Health seeks to recruit a contractor to repair the
non-functioning dilapidated X-ray and Ultra Sound machines, three years since
they broke down.
The hospital was rehabilitated in 2010 and commissioned early this year but has
been operating without an X-ray and Ultra Sound Machines which are important in
running the hospital as many crucial medical investigations are done by using
the two machines.
Mityana District Health Officer – DHO, Dr Fred Lwasampijja says that the
hospital has been having the problem of non-functional X-ray and Ultra Sound
machines for about three years now but they have been working with the health
ministry to fix the machines.
He said that for the X-ray, the ministry (of health) sourcing for a supplier
who can come and fix it while for the ultrasound scan, the machine is out dated
and cannot be fixed hence they are planning to replace it and have a new
“As a district, we had planned to procure the ultrasound scan and had
provided a budget of 40 million Shillings but while looking for which
firm can provide the machine, we found out that the machine can go up to 120
million Shillings," said Dr Lwasampijja. "Our budget
is not enough to procure a new machine. We shall continue working with the
ministry to see that we get an ultra sound machine to the standard of Mityana
He said that they source X-ray and Ultra sound services from private
providers whose reports formed the basis for management of the patients. At
private facilities, Dr Lwasampijja said that the patients pay at least 15,000
Shillings for ultra sound while X-ray costs them 30,000Shillings.
Dr Lwasampijja explained that upon breakdown of the machines, the
district needed a firm that is pre-qualified by the ministry to come and fix
them since they were procured by government. Describing the machines as
expensive, Dr Lwasampijja said that despite the appeals, no donor has come to
their rescue because of the strings attached if someone is to donate such a
According to Dr Lwasampijja, Mityana Hospital receives between 150 to
200 patients daily and because of its location, it serves people from
neighboring districts of Kassanda, Kiboga, Mubende and sometimes as far as
Kyegegwa in addition to handling accident cases because of its proximity to the
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The X-ray is very important for people with chest
infections, bone infection and accident injuries whereas ultra sound scan is so
important for expectant mothers to see the baby, the of
internal condition of their clients and many other functions.
The Ministry of Health Senior Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ainebyona said
there was no contract for maintenance of the two machines but the ministry’s
engineering department is working to ensure that there is a signed provider
contract for maintenance.
Without divulging details of
the process, Mr Ainebyona said that the process of soliciting a contractor has
been ongoing and a new firm to take on the maintenance work is yet to be
He attributed the delay to the
transition from the previous contractor but they are currently concluding talks
on the contract terms to ensure that the machines are worked on.
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